The locks on your door are designed to keep your valuables safe. Adding a safe to your home offers another layer of protection. There are many to choose from and picking one can be overwhelming. Which one is best for you? First Lock & Security Technologies presents a helpful guide.
Types of Wall, Floor, Gun, Fire, Box and Other Safes
1. Wall safes. Wall safes can be used to protect valuables. They are installed in various depths of wall thicknesses to maximize space and can be hidden behind furniture or a piece of art. Some of these safes have hidden hinges for added protection against theft.
2. Diversion safes. These are the safes that are made from otherwise ordinary objects like a can safe, a candle safe or a book safe. Valuables can be placed in these items and then set out to blend with other objects.
3. Fire-resistant safes. High temperatures can ruin valuable items. Fire-resistant safes are rated by the amount of time they can withstand extreme fire temperatures. Most offer between ½ an hour to 4 hours of protection. You can protect your valuables further by placing them in Ziploc bags before you place them in the safe.
4. Burglar resistant safes. These safes are rated on how resistant they are to the tools that burglars will use to get into them and the time it would take them to do it. These safes are not designed to withstand heat.
5. Jewelry safes. These safes are smaller and more compact than other safes and are designed to store and protect jewelry. They have interior jewelry chests that come in a variety of configurations.
6. Floor safes. These safes can be embedded into a concrete floor and are almost impossible to remove. They can however succumb to rust because of how they are installed.
7. Gun safes. These safes are necessary to keep your weapons safe and out of the hands of children. They come in various sizes, strength of security, fire resistance and price ranges.
8. Standalone home safe. These safes are made of steel and are very heavy. They are fireproof and can be fitted with a variety of locking devices. They can be mounted to the floor or another surface but are usually free standing. The weight of these safes discourages removal.
Where is the Best Place to Conceal a Safe in Your Home?
Protection from theft, fire, and flood should all be taken into consideration when you determine where your safe will be placed. Jewelry, family heirlooms and currency will be most secure in areas like a bedroom, bathroom, or closet. These are good areas to store guns as well. Guns need to be stored in areas that that are less humid to protect them from rusting. You can add a dehumidifier to the area to create the perfect climate. Items that are not needed as often can be tucked away in a spare closet, garage, basement or office. Think about the weight of your safe. Safes that weigh less than 1,000 lbs. are okay to have upstairs. Those that are over 1,000 lbs. are best kept on ground floors.
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Knowing what your options are will make it easier for you to choose the best safe for your needs. Contact First Lock & Security Technologies to help you figure it out!