If you have important documents and other valuable possessions in your home, you need to buy a safe to protect them against theft and damages. A home safe may not be the best place to store precious jewelry or rare coins – a safe-deposit box at a bank offers more protection for these things. However, items like old family photos, birth certificates and passports need to be kept in a safe place. Here are some factors you need to consider, when buying a safe for your home.
Most home safes are not really designed with burglar resistance in mind. Most of them are small enough that a burglar can simply pick them up and take them away. If burglar resistance is important to you, you need to choose a large and heavy safe with heavy-duty opening mechanisms, and a good reputation for security. Brands like Cannon, Browning and Rhino are especially good for security.
Fire resistance is one of the biggest factors for choosing a safe. Actually, this is No. 1 concern of most buyers. Most manufacturers assign a fire rating to their products to give you an idea of how long your safe can resist certain temperatures. For home safes, 30 minutes of protection is most common, but you can also find a safe, which can provide an hour or more protection, typically for a higher price. However, 30 minutes should be sufficient, since fires tend to move through a home and 20 minutes is the average for a room.
Water resistance is an added feature for home safes that are also fire- and burglar-resistant. For a safe to meet the manufacturers’ criteria for water resistance, it is first submerged to simulate the effects of a flood or a broken water line.
If fire resistance is the most important feature to you, for $25 and up you can buy a fire chest, which is smaller than a safe, but still large enough for a stack of documents. Safes in range 1.2 to 1.3 cubic feet typically cost around $150 to $300. Larger safes cost more, and added features, like drawers and shelves, add to the bill.
You can purchase a good safe for your home online. Depending on the cost of the product, the delivery can be included. However, if you’re buying a large safe, call the company first to make sure they’re for real. Otherwise, there are many benefits to online shopping. You don’t need to worry about transporting the item home; increased credit card security is offered online today, and comparison shopping is greatly facilitated online. Plus, the best online stores let you choose the size of the safe, the fire rating, the lock type, the brand and other features.
Before you buy a safe, make sure it will fit exactly where you want it – custom made safes cannot be returned. You should also make sure that the safe you choose will meet your needs for years to come. Some planning ahead will save you time, money and trouble.