How To Choose A Home Safe

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Read expert advice and tips on how to choose a safe home. Our expert home locksmiths are here to assist you!

If you are looking for a place to safeguard your family photos, will, birth certificates, hard-drive, and tax records, a home safe is a good solution. Such a safe will allow you to keep all of these items close at hand and use them whenever you need them while making sure they will not be damaged by exterior factors such as burglaries, home fires, floods or unauthorized access. Keep in mind not all safes are fire- and waterproof, and some are sturdier than others.

If you do not know how to choose a home safe or you need help figuring out how large a safe you need, you have reached the right page. We are going to give you expert advice on how to complete such a purchase. Keep in mind we can also assist you with home safe installation services, safe picking emergencies, and anything else you might need help with.

Decide Why You Need A Home Safe

First of all, if you are planning on storing your expensive jewelry sets, a precious china set, or your original Elvis Presley records in a home safe, think again. These are genuine treasures that should be stored in a safe deposit box at your local bank for extra protection.

Secondly, one simple way of determining the size of the safe you should buy is by piling up all of the items you plan on accommodating inside the safe. The most common safe capacity for home use varies between 1.2 to 1.3 cubic feet.

Home Safes With Burglary Protection

A safe's resistance against burglary is given by its burglary-resistance rating. These ratings are a result of direct testing of safes with the help of explosives, lock picking tools, and even torches.

  • TL-15 rated home safes can withstand a 15-minute attack conducted with simple tools.

  • TL-30 rating refers to a door safe that can resist a 30-minute break-in attempt by common hand tools, electric tools, drills, cutting attempts, wheel and power saws and other similar items.

  • The UL RSC rating restored order can successfully withhold entry attempt when attacked against punching, prying, drilling, and other tempering attacks.

  • C-class home safes refer to safes that have steel doors that are at least 1'' thick and features a body made of steel that is at least 1/2'' thick.

  • B-class classification reversed 1 industry construction established by the insurance industry. It refers to a steel door that is at least 1'' thick and has a steel body that is at least 1/2'' thick.

  • TL-30X6 rating. Both the body and the door of the safe resist an entry attempt for a working time of 30 minutes while using picking tools, devices that apply pressure, abrasive tools that cut, or power saws.

Keep in mind all safes are classified with the help of two methods:

Construction ratings, which assesses the material specifications of each safe.

Test performance ratings, which require safes to be built according to certain construction specifications, as well as be independently tested by fire and break-in attempts to check if they comply with the industry standards.

United Laboratories and Intertek-ETL are two of the most trustworthy testing agencies that perform independent tests for fire resistance.

Water-Resistant Home Safes

Look for a safe that features a verified mark on it. This should tell you that the respective safe meets the criteria for water resistance features created by the manufacturer.

Fire Resistant Home Safes

According to the National Fire Protection Association, there is a one in four chance for a homeowner to ever experience a home fire that is large enough to force them to call the fire department. Buying a fire-resistant safe is, therefore, a good idea. UL and Intertek are two of the most recommended types of safes that can protect the precious items stored inside during a fire.

If you need a safe to keep your important personal or home business papers safe from fire, you could opt for one that should not get hotter than 350 degrees on the inside. On average, you should expect your home safe to protect your stored goods for around 30 minutes during a fire. There are other models that offer one or even several hours' worth of protection, but you should expect to pay more for them.

Home Safe Prices

Without a doubt, the price tag is another important criterion when looking for the best home safe to buy. If you need a small fire chest, you should expect to pay less than what you would normally pay for a home safe. $25 is an average price for these fire chests. If you are interested in a safe that is at least 1.2 cubic feet, the prices start at $150 and could go as high as $300 for a 1.3 cubic feet safe. If you're planning on buying something larger, and even add drawers and extra shelves to it, you should expect to pay even more.

If you need help deciding which safe to buy, or you need home safe installation assistance, give us a call today. We can provide you with valuable advice based on our experience working with home safes and immediately fit any type of safe. We also handle safe lock picking services in case of emergencies, safe code programming or reprogramming, and more.

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