Fireproof safes for the home or office can be a very secure way of storing important documents, valuable jewelry, guns and more. Almost anyone can benefit from owning a fireproof safe. Here are the five major points to consider before you purchase.
1. What will be stored in the safe?
Do you need a tall safe, blocked to hold your gun or rifle collection? Or are you looking for a place to put important documents like birth certificates, marriage licenses and wills. This could be done with a small wall safe.
2. What are the sizes of these items?
How big a container does the safe need to have? Once you think you know the answer to this, multiply it by two. You will always find more things to put in the safe as the years go by.
3. What is the size of the space you intend the safe to fit into?
You’ll need to take any size limitations of your wall into account for wall safes. Even floor safes take up space you may not have, so be sure to measure your spot if that might become a problem. Larger safes intended for business use might even have a height or weight limitation in your building.
4. Consider the additional protective option of a burglary-rated safe.
They can have fire protection too, but also provide an extra measure of protection against those who might try to steal the contents.
5. What kind of access system do you prefer?
A dial type safe is standard and the least expensive option. However extra expense will be incurred should the combination need to be changed some time in the future. An electronic keypad entry’s combination can be changed easily by the owner at any time. One downside is that your keypad may give a thief clues to your combination as the used keys will begin to show wear over time. You can mitigate this by frequently changing the combination.
Remember that with a fireproof safe, you’re buying time. Those documents and valuables inside will have more protected time with the safe than without it. It’s an important thing for most people and certainly most businesses to have on the premises.