How to Shop for a Safe

Safes in a Home or Business are your third line of defense. First is the locks designed to keep burglars out, second is the alarm that tells you the burglar has breached the perimeter. Then a safe can make it difficult and time consuming to get at the valuables in your home or business.

Choosing the right safe for your needs requires a little homework. (Wilson and Gardall safe companies have web sites)

Fire resistant safes give you insulated walls but the metal is thin. These are usually good for important papers, but not for valuables. Ratings vary by length of time and temperature the safe was tested at.

Burglar resistant safes have thick steel walls and door but no fire protection. These safes will be much harder to break into than a fire safe. You should not store any valuables that might be damaged by heat in a burglar rated safe. Another possibility is to locate the safe where it would be unlikely to be reached by a fire, like cemented into a basement floor.

Fire/Burglar resistant safes are available at a higher cost based on the tested ratings for fire and burglar penetration. For example: a home safe should have at least a 1 hour 350 degree fire rating and a 5 minute tool penetration rating. A jewelers safe should have at least a 2 hour 350 degree fire rating and a 15 minute tool penetration rating.

After you have decided on the type of safe you are looking for, assemble the items you plan to put in the safe. It is recommended that you measure these items and add 25 percent, to allow for future items, to determine the size of safe you need. Buying a safe can be a once in a lifetime purchase if you plan and purchase the safe that is right for you.

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