Stop. When was the last time something happened in your life that constituted an emergency? And no, running out of beer before the big game doesn't count. We are all taught from a young age what to do in case of certain emergencies. In case of a fire families are taught to have a preset escape route that all members of the family know about. Maybe your family knows that in case of a fire everyone should meet in front of a specific tree in the front yard, or maybe at the basketball court down the block. In case of an accident we all know to call the ambulance, or 911. If you learned CPR or the Heimlich Maneuver then you know what to do if someone who collapses in an Atlanta restaurant needs chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth, or if someone is choking you know the correct way to dislodge the food from the air passageway.

We learn to do these things because in the moment of a crisis there is rarely time to learn anything. We must act quickly, and without a lot of thought, figuring out, or wasting time. We are lucky to be surrounded by individuals and services in our communities who are trained to act in case of emergencies. ER doctors, fireman, police officers, and even just everyday citizens are available to be called upon in case the unexpected happens.

But in this long list of Atlanta heroes, who remembers the locksmith? We may not think first of calling a locksmith in an emergency, but there are many times when the skill and expertise of a locksmith can help to ease a frazzled mind and help to rectify a situation gone bad.

The next time you head out for a night on the town in Atlanta, make sure you program the name and telephone number of a locksmith into your cell phone. It's always a good idea to ask a locksmith for a few references in advance, or you might try asking your friends and family members for recommendations for an Atlanta locksmith nearest you. You may think it couldn't happen to you, but there is always a way to lock your keys in your car, and when you do, you're really stuck. Without your car keys you aren't going anywhere, and heaven forbid you accidentally locked your wallet or other valuables in the car, and now it's all just staring at you from the other side of the glass.

Locksmiths can also be invaluable to have on hand in case of a break-in to your home or office building. In addition to calling the police to file a report, you will want to call a locksmith who can help you to reinstall new locks on your doors and windows, and provide you with new keys. Depending on how your home or office was broken into, you may also want to discuss with a locksmith ways to better protect your family and your investments from theft and vandalism. Your locksmith is well versed in the most up-to-date technologies that will keep the people and things you love safe from outside intruders.