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I am hoping to post this to get the attention of other parents out there.<br>
I locked me son in the car while he was strapped in his carseat. Here are some suggestions or tips to help out in these panicked moments.<br><br>
Have family members, friends, your husband, have an extra key to your car. The more keys given out, the better your chances of having somebody close by to bring it to you. I always thought having a extra at home would be enough- well today when it happened nobody was home to bring me the spare! I am now handing out 4 extra keys.<br><br>
Talk to your child to try to keep them calm- as soon as I started crying,he panicked and cried also.<br><br>
I was told by the medics to give my son luke warm water- cold water would shock his system after being in the hot car.<br><br>
When you are strapping kids in, open one of the windows. Even just a little bit as this could allow air circulation or be able to get something in the window to unlock the doors.<br><br>
In my area, police are no longer equipped with a locked door opening kit. The fire department has to be called to break your windows. A tow company could also be called to try to pick the lock.<br><br>
If anybody else has other suggestions, or experience with this please post. hopefully just knowing what to do in this situation will help out many children this summer.
 

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I'm so sorry that you went through this! It happened to me when ds1 was 1 1/2 and I was just pg with ds2. Of course I had just put my purse and cell phone in the back with ds1 and as I was putting it down, and closing the door the button was accidentally pushed. I was in Target's parking lot and freaked out a poor man walking by with a cell phone who happily helped by letting me use his phone. Around here, Lexington, KY, Pop-A-Lock will unlock your car door for free if there is a child locked inside. They were quick, helpful, and even friendly. So calling your local locksmith might avoid the fire department breaking your window. At 1 1/2 ds was just entertained by everyone and never realized that anything bad was happening. I'm glad that everyone was OK with your situation too.
 

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I am so sorry you had to go through this, especially in the summer time. I have done this 2 times now with my triplets!!! Thank God it was in the winter time and not hot outside. The first time was at the Gas Station. I called a lock smith to come unlock the doors. The second time was a bit more stressful. I did it in my OWN DRIVEWAY with the van running!!!! I got out to get the mail and my arm hit the lock. I couldnt get into the house, my next door neighbors were not home. I was paniced. I didnt want to leave them to go find other neighbors way down the street. I ended up jumping my backyard fence and found a neighbor home to call the same lock smith again (Pop A Lock, no charge since the kids were locked in). My DH was too far away from home working. My last resort if I couldnt find a neighbor home was to run way down the street to the Fire Station. A fire truck did go by (non emergency) while I was waiting for the lock smith and I almost flagged them down to stop, but I figured the moment I did that the lock smith would show up.<br><br>
I tired to get copies made of my Van keys, but I couldnt. I would have to go through the dealier and its costs a lot of money. I tried the magnetic key holders you put on the outside of your vehicle, but the key is too big. So I just am now OCD about checking and double checking anytime I get out of the van, make sure I take my keys with me or roll down the window enough so I can reach to unlock if I need to.<br><br>
I now have the Pop A Lock buisness car in my van placed so I can see the number if I get locked out.
 

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My car (Ford Expedition) has a keypad to open the doors w/o out a key. It is an absolute requirement for me. I wouldn't consider buying a car without this option.<br><br>
Every year before I had this car, I maxed out my AAA towing/locksmith allowance with locking my keys (luckily not my kids) in the car!
 

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I did this to ds once when he was a baby....it was winter and thankfully the car was running so he didn't freeze.<br><br>
I called a tow truck to open the door...they have an inflatable thing that they use to wedge the door open so they can stick a rod in to flick the lock.
 

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Scary!!<br><br>
Our new car has a sensor that won't allow the doors to lock when the key is inside. I am also able to open the door and start the car without ever removing the key from my purse.<br>
I love love love new technology.
 

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I can't tell you how many times I've locked my keys in the car, thankfully no kiddos were in the car, but the first time it happened we'd just got back to the car after a long hike and oopsy the keys were in the car-not good. After that I decided to wire a spare key to the frame of the car under the bumper, and when I went to actually do it there was a key there already from the previous owner-<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br>
Now I never have a problem. I highly recommend it!
 

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my son has been locked in the car twice. what a nightmare! first time it was hot out and i called the fire department, but they were too slow, so i had my husband throw a brick through the window! second time the fire department came super fast and then they were all friendly and chatty, laughing at me! they said getting babies out of cars is like the main thing they do all day long.
 

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Thanks for the tips.<br><br>
You could also try calling a person who makes new keys. I locked our keys in the car once while it was in the driveway without anyone in it and the guy was there really quick and it was only $50 and we got a new key.
 

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Thanks for this thread. It's a good heads up - I need to come up with some sort of prevention/plan. My car's keys are very expensive to get duplicates of. I do like the idea of putting the number of a locksmith in the car, facing out. My house is rarely locked, so if it happened in the driveway I'd be fine for getting to a phone...most places I go there are lots of people around so I'd be able to get help / a cell phone. There was one time recently that I was at a provincial park all alone in the parking lot (early in the season)- nothing happened but I keep thinking of all the things that could have happened.
 

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I have a paranoia about this on hot summer days! I have a system that seems to work well in preventing the problem in the first place. After we park and stop the car I lean over and open the passenger door just a bit. Then I get out as usual, close my door and walk to the other side. Even if I have managed leave my keys in the car it does not matter since the passenger door is open so I can get back in and get them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">: I like this method better than cracking the window if you have power windows since you can't shut them without turning the car back on.
 

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How scary for you and your DS!<br><br>
You can call AAA, and/or check your insurance policy to see if you have roadside assistance.<br><br>
I have remote keyless entry, so the keya are always in my coat or pants pocket to unlock the door. It doesn't leave that pocket until I am in the car and ready to turn it on. I figure it's better for DD to be a little cold in winter or a little warm in the summer for the few seconds it takes to get myself in the car than to be locked inside accidentally.
 

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Thanks for the tips. I've been afraid of doing this--with all the things we mamas have to take care of I'm sure it happens a lot!<br><br>
Sorry you & your little one had to go through that.
 

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I JUST DID THIS ON FRIDAY!!! I was filling up at the gas station on DH's military base & was saying goodbye to him and must have hit the lock somehow. I tried my best to stay calm but OMG it was hot! It would have been too difficult to get AAA on base - so I figured I would ask the gas agent to call military police (all bases have 'em). Well some guys from the shop where I was said they could do it if I wanted and I said "Uh yeah!" DH isn't happy with that choice though, because they did do a little damage prying the door away. I didn't care at the moment. I wanted to hug DD and turn on the air for her! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Most of the tips wouldn't have helped at the moment (since we were out of town) but after going through it at all..... I am taking them all into consideration now!<br><br>
Oh, and add me to the OCD list of making sure something/somewhere on that car is open.
 

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This has happened twice. Since then, DS knows how to open that back window in our truck and we put up a hide-a-key in the bed of the truck.
 

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I live in Arizona where this could very quickly become a deadly mistake. I always keep 1-2 doors open in my car. Very, very rarely do we have to street park. So, I open my door, keep it open, open back door. Maybe I close my door once his door is open. I get him out. I close his door. When we are getting in the car, I open my door then his door. After he's buckled in I close his door, but my door is still open.<br><br>
I would be prepared to break the front passenger's window without any hesitation. Somehow, people are always forgetting their kids in the cars here. I would guess at least once a year a child dies because their parents forgot they were in the backseat. I just can't even bear to even think about that.
 

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While I've done this before, thankfully it wasn't with my dd in the car. However, I too put a spare key under the bumper, just using duct tape. It's a bit hard to remove the key, but it's only needed for emergencies and has really helped out.
 

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Popping in to add that in my area the police will unlock a car door for a child or a pet being locked inside, but not for any other reason. It probably varies by area. I had never thought about the fire department before, that is a good idea too. I also carry an extra car key in my purse, but that wouldn't help if your purse was in the car <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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That happened to me when DS was about 1. I turned off my beast of a conversion van but left the keys in so that the a/c was still going *so I thought* and then had the bright idea to use the remote to lock the door. Well, turns out if you lock the car with the remote and the keys in it, you can't unlock it with the remote?! I was all panicked but relieved that the a/c was on *so I thought* but when DH got their almost an hour later and we opened the door it was like an oven in there! The a/c wasn't on, just the vents blowing hot air! It was the scariest thing ever, poor little DS- thank God he was alright! If I had known that it was hot in there I would have broken a window myself to pull him out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 
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