How to Unlock a Window in a House

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How to Unlock a Window in a House
A window with a simple security latch. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Knowing how to unlock your home's windows and doors can prove extremely important in the event of an emergency. A serious fire blocking your exit or an intruder in your home can mean you need to escape through your window in a hurry. The windows in most home have a low-strength lock or simple latch system to prevent unauthorised access while allowing an easy escape. Unlocking your windows is easy and should only take a few seconds.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Examine the window handle for a small keyhole. The hole is usually directly above the top of the handle.

  2. 2

    Insert the key and turn to the right or left. The window lock will release.

  3. 3

    Lift up the handle and push open the window.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep the key out of sight within easy reach of the window. Make sure everyone in your family knows the location of the key and how to unlock the window.

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