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10 Things You Can Do If Your Safe Won’t Open

If you ever find yourself locked out of your safe, don’t panic! Here are some things you can do if your safe won’t open. Spoiler though, the last one will be, ‘you need a locksmith to open safe.

What should you do if your safe won’t open?

You might not be able to access your important documents, but it doesn’t mean that they’re gone forever. If your safe won’t open, there are honestly not that many things you can do that you probably haven’t already tried.

If you’ve tried to open your safe but it won’t budge, there’s a good chance that it’s a malfunctioning lock. But not all safes are alike. If you have a digital keypad, turn dial or keylock, not all of the suggestions will apply. Also, sometimes, something bigger is at play like potential tampering or overall mechanical failure. Here are a few things you can do to try and solve the problem yourself or at least determine what’s wrong:

  1. Check the security code. If you don’t know the code, ask someone who does. If you still can’t open the safe, see the tenth suggestion.
  2. Check the door hinges and springs. If the hinges or springs are damaged, they will need to be replaced to open the safe. See suggestion ten.
  3. Check the screws that hold the door panel onto the door frame. Make sure they’re tight and haven’t been overtightened in recent times. Overtightening of screws can cause them to break, which will make it difficult to open the safe using the original lock key.
  4. Look for damage or signs of tampering around the safe’s entryway or locks. This could indicate that someone has been trying to access your valuable items without your consent or knowledge. If this is the case, you may need to call the authorities to investigate.
  5. Make sure the batteries are fresh. Batteries can die in a short amount of time, especially when you’re not using the safe for a long period of time. If your battery shows signs of no longer being charged, then it will need to be replaced.
  6. Check to see if the key is aligned properly in the lock. If it isn’t, try to jiggle or twist the key until it turns. If that doesn’t work, you may need to replace your lock.
  7. Try turning the dial on the front of the safe. If that doesn’t work, you may need to reset the safe by pushing and pulling on the door and dial.
  8. Check to see if anything is blocking the opening of the safe. Sometimes something can get caught in the door or jams the locking mechanism.
  9. Check to see if the door is properly closed. If it’s not, try closing it with the handle instead of using the button.
  10. If you’ve gotten to this suggestion, and yelling at your safe hasn’t helped, you need a locksmith to open safe.

Hoping you’re able to get into the safe. Just as an additional tip, don’t try to force your way into the safe. Real injuries can occur when trying to pry open or bash your way into the safe. Don’t want to be too corny but be safe when trying to open your safe.

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