Evaluating a Safe for Home or Small Business
When you first purchase a safe, you may need it for just a few things, maybe the savings that you have in cash, gold, or silver, or the treasured jewelry pieces that have been passed down through generations.
Is the Safe Large Enough?
However, you may accumulate more valuables over time. You may want them in the safe. It’s wise to keep your important documents there, from your passports to your birth certificates, plus your marriage license, your kids’ immunization records, your will, the titles to your vehicles, and so many other documents that would require a great deal of time, effort, and money to replace.
As your family grows, you may want to store important collections and significant heirlooms in your safe, items you’ll want to protect now so you can pass them down to your children and grandchildren one day.
Before you purchase a home safe, determine in advance what will go into the safe now and in the future. Ask yourself, “Is this model large enough to hold ALL of the valuables that I want to protect from theft or damage?” Be sure to get a safe that will hold everything that matters to you.
Will It Resist a Fire?
Safes have varying fire ratings. What you need to know is this: In the event of a fire, how well will my safe resist the heat and flames?
You want a safe that will hold up even if it’s engulfed in flames. The hope is that the fire will be put out as quickly as possible by firefighting personnel, but until then, your safe needs to withstand the fury of a raging fire.
Safes are put through a fire endurance test. They are then classified depending on how well they resist fire. For instance, a Class E safe is known to resist a 1550 degrees Fahrenheit fire for 30 minutes, while a Class A safe resists a 2000 degrees Fahrenheit fire for 4 hours. There are other ways to measure fire resistance as well; check with your local locksmith or safe provider for more information on how different models hold up in a fire.
Is It Tamper Resistant?
This is a crucial feature that you need to explore thoroughly. A safe must be tamper resistant to ensure your valuables do not fall into the wrong hands.
Tamper-resistant features may involve the types of locks used, the construction of the safe, and the level of difficulty in picking locks or deciphering codes. Ultimately, you want a heavy-duty, well-built, and extremely secure safe for the protection of your treasures and for your peace of mind!
What Other Security Features Does the Safe Provide?
Other features and points to consider include the following:
- Water Resistance
- Lock Style And Type
- Warranty Type And Length
- Freestanding Or Mountable
- Battery-Operated Or Battery-Free
- Buoyancy (In Case You’re In A Flood)
Not all of these points will matter to you, but some will. The more you know about what’s available in terms of residential and commercial safes, the better you’ll be able to make the decision that’s right for you!
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