There are a number of documents and items in a home that have considerable value, which no one wants destroyed, stolen or lost. One of the most effective strategies when it comes to protecting valuables and documents is by having a good safe in your home. There are several different types of safes. Some of them focus on theft prevention, while others prevent damage from fire or flooding. Some will offer both. First Lock & Security Technologies will share the different types of safes, and how to determine which one is best for you.
Fire & Waterproof Safe Box
In terms of preventing valuables from being destroyed by fire, a fire safe can withstand intense heat. Fire safes are designed with special insulation technology that helps to keep the heat out of the safe. The insulation is a brick like material that is then covered with a metal casing or housing. The metal on the outside of the safe is fireproof and can withstand high heat. Combined with the insulation bricking material, the internal items are safe from the heat. For sensitive documents that you don’t want to have to replace due to loss or damage, a fire safe is highly recommended. However, a fire safe’s design is focused on protecting documents and other smaller items from a fire. They do have a few weaknesses such as they are not considered theft proof. Fire safes are usually smaller and can be carried away in most cases. Additionally, they can be cut into with the proper power tools and with basic safe knowledge.
High Security Burglary Safe to Keep a Burglar Out!
A theft or burglary safe primarily focuses on preventing a burglar or thief from breaking into the safe. These safes are designed with thick steel plating that is welded together to form the safe’s framing. The safe door uses a thicker steel to prevent anyone from breaking the door. As these safes are designed to be strong, it is the locking mechanisms that protect the safe. As the locking mechanisms vary, so will the security rating. The locking mechanism often has locking methods such as an electronic keypad or combination dial. However there is also a secondary or relocking device that helps secure the door. If a forceful entry occurs, the relocking mechanism is triggered, making the safe almost impossible to get into. If you are concerned about the contents, or the safe being stolen, then seeking a burglary proof safe is recommended.
Combination Fire & Burglary Security Safe
If you want the benefits of both worlds, then you will want a combination fire and burglary safe. These safes tend to be very heavy and bulky as they are designed with thick steel plates and insulation brick material. Combination burglary and fire safes also use a relocking mechanism which helps increase the level of security. When you want both fire and theft protection, then you will want to have a combination burglary and fire safe.
Safe Installation Ideas; Where to Put in Your Home
When investing in a safe, many people wonder where the best place is to install their safe. For those who have two story homes, always install the safe on the ground floor as it will be easier to recover in an event of a fire. Both wall (smaller) and floor safes can often be anchored into the ground or into the wall so they can’t be just picked up or taken away. You also want to install the safe out of sight as they can encourage burglars. Either install the safe in a closet, cabinet, or in the wall.
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