Getting locked into a place is a thing that always happens at the most inconvenient of times. You’ll never have a broken lock or a lost key problem on a Sunday where you can relax and wait for help to arrive; it’s always going to happen when you have somewhere to be and you’re already running late.
You may even be returning home after a long day of work and commute and be trapped outside when you really need to be in your house. Basically, your locks aren’t going to tell you in advance that they’re about to break and neither will your keys before they decide to disappear from this plane of existence. You might try to break the lock to free yourself in haste or try to pick it till help arrives but you should really just leave any and all kinds of tampering that you can do with the lock to the trained professionals who know what to do in these kinds of situations – the lock smiths.
You can use an online locksmith locator to find out where the nearest locksmith is and how you can contact them but do not try to attempt fixing the lock yourself, you’ll only make it worse. The internet probably has a few very well illustrated and easy to follow guides that will promise that you can follow them to fix any lock without a locksmith’s help but these are all misleading. Locksmiths are trained professionals who understand ever dimension of every kind of lock out there. Even if you have an interest in locks and know how they work, you still lack the right set of tools that you need to safely tamper with them so they don’t break. Even when it comes to removing and replacing a broken lock, you need the right tools.