When we think of safes, what sort of image comes to mind? Usually, when we think of a safe, we think of a huge vault at a bank that holds hundreds upon thousands upon millions of dollars, securely locked away with a big spinning lock and out of reach of burglars and fires. What a lot of people don’t realize, however, is that these types of safes are only one of many types of safes that we use every day to keep our possessions safe.
We all have valuable things that we want (or need!) to protect at all costs; passports, precious family photographs, important documents, firearms, jewelry, and anything else that would be catastrophic to lose or have fall into the wrong hands.
Under the assumption that everyday people don’t necessarily need a giant bank-like vault to hold massive amounts of money, in this blog we will compare the four main safes that people typically have in their homes:
- Fire-resistant (not fireproof)
Whichever one you are planning to consider, it’s important to not only think about the function of the safe but to understand the misconceptions of the invincibility of safes.
A house fire can happen to anyone at any time, and the results are always equally as devastating. You could lose your furniture, clothes, pictures, and in the worst cases, beloved pets and loved ones. Fires are unforgiving, and although you can’t keep your pets and loved ones in a safe, you can put invaluable items inside to keep them safe.
One important thing to keep in mind when looking for a safe, especially if you’re looking for a safe that will protect your belongings from a fire, is that it is almost impossible to create something that is completely fireproof. Safes that are advertised as “fireproof” should actually be called “fire-resistant” since they are resistant to fire for a period of time and not completely indestructible. The function of fire-resistant safes is to keep the inside of the safe below the burning point of paper.
Looking at the fire rating for a safe is a vital part of deciding which one you want to choose. The certified fire rating of safes is a great way to determine how long your safe will be able to withstand fire and keep your valuables uncharred. The fire rating will also be determined whether or not the safe has a fire seal on the door of the safe, which is extremely important because it leaves no point of entry for fire or heat to ruin your items.
Another tragedy that can befall a home is a burglary. The most effective function of a safe designed to protect against burglars is how resistant it is to tampering, especially since this is probably where you would want to keep valuables that you don’t want to be stolen. A great safe that protects against burglars could also have multiple different ways to access the inside, such as the use of a combination, key, fingerprint, or a mixture of these.
It is also important to note that a fire-resistant safe will not be as effective in defending against burglars. Since fire-resistant safes are designed to keep valuables safe from heat and smoke, the lining of the safe tends to be thinner because it holds fire-retardant material that can easily be penetrated using tools.
In our society today, we have to be extremely cautious when it comes to gun safety. Gun owners, in particular, are doing their part to ensure that their guns are only used for their purpose and don’t fall into the wrong hands. On a personal level, though, the main function of keeping a gun safe at home is to ensure that your firearms are kept secure as well as to keep out of reach of children or anyone who does not know how to safely use a gun, as the end result of an accident like this can end in tragedy.
So what kinds of qualities make a great safe to keep your guns secure? Obviously the type of firearm is an important thing to keep in mind because that will determine how big the safe needs to be. As we discussed earlier in the blog, it’s important to have a safe that is fire-resistant and (more importantly) can protect against burglars. Guns can be replaced after they are destroyed in a fire, but someone who is robbing your home could break into a weak gun safe and use it to threaten or hurt somebody.
When looking for a gun safe, or any safe for that matter, you definitely want to look at the thickness of the metal. In the past, guns were kept in a wood and glass case with a lock on the door so the guns could be displayed for guests to see. Although it makes for a beautiful and proud decoration for your home, it is very unsafe to rely on that sort of case or even a cabinet that is made of a thinner metal. Thick metal and a secure door are the best ways to go when looking for a gun safe in order to keep you and those around you safe from intruders.
Much like burglary-resistant safes, jewelry safes are specifically designed to keep even your most invaluable accessories secure. And just like burglar safes, you can’t depend on them to keep your valuables inside safe from fire damage.
Typically, these safes tend to look a little more appealing than just your average thick-metaled safe. Additionally, they are designed on the inside to organize your jewelry, so you can simultaneously keep your treasures protected and keep them organized for use whenever you decide to wear them out.
When it comes to the size of your safe, it is easy to figure out how much room you need and then add a little more room for wiggle space for more storage. One of the more obvious ways to tell how effective your safe will be is by checking the price tag. If the price seems too good to be true, then your safe might not be as effective as one that costs more. Safes are not exactly cheap.
Keeping a safe in your home is the smart choice to keep your invaluable items protected against fire, and burglaries. It’s also important to understand the upkeep and how to get back into your safe in the event that you get locked out.
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