PALSavesKids Community Program
PALSavesKids™ Free Community Program
FREE Emergency Locksmith Service and Emergency Door Unlocking (EDU) Program
Leaving a child unattended in a vehicle is dangerous. Cars are not as secure as people tend to believe they are, and small children are more curious and clever than people give them credit. However, even with all the variables out there one of the ones that makes leaving kids alone in a car the most dangerous is the weather.
Depending on the climate, the inside of a car can become extremely hot or cold very quickly. A small child left in a sealed car (window up) on a hot summer day could very easily suffer from heat stroke. The average heat of a parked car with the engine off on a summer day is between 43-48 degrees hotter than the weather forecast. So while the temperature outside the car could be an uncomfortable 90 degrees, the inside of the car could be as high as 138 degrees. That is much too hot for anyone to be out in for very long.
This is much more dangerous for children and those with disabilities because they do not often possess the power to remove themselves from the vehicle or their safety restraints. In situations where the caretaker’s keys are also locked in the vehicle with the child, the situation can quickly turn from dangerous to deadly. This is why we created PALSavesKids. A program with a commitment to helping you keep your loved ones safe.
Our company is open 24/7 so no matter what time of the day or day of the week it is, if you are having a lockout emergency you can call us and we will send someone to help you.
Our emergency service is available for lockout situations involving children, infants, seniors, or anyone else whose life is in danger either in your car, home or place of business. If you have an emergency lockout situation please follow this procedure:
- First, call 9-1-1. Police and first responders should be alerted to the situation.
- Second, call Pop-A-Lock San Francisco (the fire department usually calls us immediately, too), and give us your name; the make, model, and year of the car; and the address where the car is currently parked or the building where your loved one is trapped.
- Third, remain near your vehicle and keep calm while your help arrives. Our nearest Pop-A-Lock employee will drop everything and come to help for FREE so you don’t need to worry about anything.
We give top priority to emergency lockout situations because we understand both the danger and the anxiety that they cause.
For emergency lockout help call Pop-A-Lock San Francisco!
Tips to help prevent children from being locked in a vehicle:
The main reason children and other dependents get locked in a vehicle is distraction. It takes a lot of mental energy to care for another person, and it is easy to make mistakes when one has to switch their focus between various people or things. With so much going on, small items like keys are especially easy to lose track of in the confusion and hustle of the day.
Over the years we have helped rescue thousands of children, the elderly, and other dependents that have been accidentally locked in cars and homes. From our experience here are a few things that anyone can do to help defend themselves against distraction.
- 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 for retrieval.
- Stay off the phone! Keep your focus on driving and your loved one.
- If you use a caregiver, and don’t arrive at the caregiver’s residence or business 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.
Our emergency services also apply to pets. If you have a dog, cat, or other pet that is locked in a vehicle or building we are here to help them as well. And, just like with your dependents, we do it for FREE.