PALSavesKids™ Free Community Program
FREE Emergency Locksmith Service and Emergency Door Unlocking (EDU) Program
Unfortunately, it can happen to anyone at any time. Children locked in cars is an unfortunate reality, this heartbreak happens after parents or caregivers change their routine. The parent who is typically responsible for driving the child around has a schedule change, shifting the responsibility to the other parent. When a parent who is not accustomed to the duty is required to do so, they are more likely to have a lapse in memory or practice. A child locked in a car can experience extremes like heat stroke or hypothermia, depending on the weather.
Pop-A-Lock, founded in 1991 by law enforcement officers, developed a program that rescues children in locked vehicles 24/7. Since the program began, thousands of children have been rescued from across the U.S. at no charge to families or caregivers. The PAL Saves Kids program focuses on prevention and education—not blame.
We pride ourselves on serving our community, and the services we offer. Since we are a 24-hour emergency locksmith, we are able to provide this valuable service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Pop-A-Lock has rescued over 10,000 children, seniors and those whose lives were in danger here in San Francisco alone. There isn’t a better feeling than when we arrive on the scene with the fire department and rush to unlock the car door in a few seconds safely and speedily. It feels like we’re being super-heroes — and that is no exaggeration — but the truth is that it’s the emergency lockouts we perform in these situations that inspires us to do the work we do.
Procedures to follow in case a child, infant, senior or anyone’s life is in danger because they are locked in a car or home:
- Call 9-1-1
- Call Pop-A-Lock San Francisco (the fire department usually calls us immediately, too)
- The nearest Pop-A-Lock employee will drop everything and come to help for FREE.
We recognize that emergency lockouts can be scary and stressful so we give them the highest urgency and prioritize them over all active jobs. In fact, it is not uncommon for one of our locksmiths to leave a job if he or she is closest to the locksmith emergency and return once a child is saved.
A recent testimonial:
“Dear Friends – Thank you for your company’s quick response to our call this morning that one of our parents locked her keys and her 14-month-old inside her car. After placing the call for assistance to Pop-A-Lock, we waited 12 minutes before Mom and toddler were re-united. Your swift response to this incident and the fact that no fee was charged because a child was involved was quite impressive! We will be happy to promote Pop-A-Lock and spread your excellent customer service to all of our staff and customers. It’s a credit to you and comforting to us to know that there are still company’s out there who pride themselves on providing great customer service without taking advantage of the public.”
School Director – KinderCare Learning Centers via a letter
Pop-A-Lock San Francisco also supports non-profit organizations that help children. We are a big supporter of KIDS AND CARS™, a nonprofit organization focused on helping the public understand the dangers of leaving children alone in and around cars.
Tips to help prevent children from being locked in a vehicle:
- Keep your child’s favorite toy, blanket or diaper bag in the front seat.
- Place your purse or briefcase in the backseat so you to go to the back there for retrieval.
- Stay off the phone! Keep your focus on driving to the caregiver.
- If you don’t arrive to the caregiver by a certain time, have them call you to find out where you are.
- If someone other than yourself is bringing the child to your caregiver, call them at a designated time to ensure delivery.
- If you see a child locked in a vehicle unattended, get involved. Call 9-1-1 immediately!
We can all work together to share this valuable information. For more details on how to keep your little ones safe, go to kidsandcars.org.
As part of the Emergency Door Unlocking (EDU) program, Pop-A-Lock San Francisco will also unlock vehicles and homes where the elderly or pets reside, for FREE.