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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risk of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product-related incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products has contributed to a decline in the rate of injuries associated with consumer products over the past 50 years.

With this being the case, we feel it is our responsibility as experts in the security and safety products industry to cut through the endless bits of information and misinformation and give you only the most important considerations when seeking the best solution to your challenge.

Gun safes come in many different styles and sizes. Many are merely gun cabinets without fire or burglary protection. Construction (thickness of metal, type of locking mechanism) should be your first concern, followed by fire rating. Gun cabinets have very thin metal similar to 16 or 18 gauge steel. A standard household hammer and large screwdriver can easily break into a gun cabinet. Gun safes use heavier and thicker 12 gauge steel in the body of the safe, and some use steel as thick as ten gauge or more.

Many customers are misled into thinking that a fire-rated gun safe is adequate to protect your most important documents. Our recommendation is to look for a U.L. rated fire protection of 1 hour or an independent laboratory fire test of at least 90 minutes if you are thinking of placing any important documents in the gun safe. Even better is to purchase a small U.L-rated fire lock box that you can place inside the gun safe.

Fireproof safes do a great job of protecting paper documents (and even small amounts of cash) from heat and smoke damage. However, fireproof safes use very thin (16-18 gauge) metal to construct the safe making them easier to attack for a burglar. The metal is primarily used to hold the fire retardant material and can be easily punctured, cut, or sawed with simple hand tools. If you need a safe to protect important paperwork such as wills, passports, marriage certificates, a small amount of cash, and valuables from a fire, then a fireproof safe will work great.

Do not store high-value contents, such as large amounts of cash, jewelry, or precious metals, in a fireproof safe. Over the past 60 years, we have seen too many fireproof safes that were easily broken into. The owners mistakenly thought the safe would be protected against a burglary attack. Instead, look at burglar fire safes that are burglar rated or for content value above $30,000; look at our high-security burglar fire safes. These safes are engineered and designed to protect your valuables against both burglar attacks and fires.

Burglar ratings are a mix of manufacturer standards and Underwriters Laboratory burglar ratings. A general guideline for the safe versus content value is as follows (you should always ask your Insurance Broker to contact Underwriters Laboratory for additional recommendations on content value storage):

An excellent use for a wall safe is to keep prescription drugs away from employees, children, or family members. Or you could also keep items in there that you use often. High-end jewelry can be stored for short periods, provided your home or business has a monitored burglar alarm system that is used. Burglar fire safes are more appropriate for long-term storage of high-value jewelry, precious metals, or cash.

If you have any special data or media that you need to protect against fire, a Data & Media Safe is what you should consider purchasing. These safes will keep the inside temperature below 125 degrees F and the humidity below 85%. Remember, most data and media safes do not offer burglary protection. Still, if this is of concern, we can help you select a data/media safe that offers some burglary protection.

Fireproof safes are great for protecting paper documents against fire. They are NOT recommended for protecting large amounts of cash or high-value items from theft. When you want BOTH burglar and fire protection, look for a burglar fire safe or a high-security burglar fire safe.

Many customers forget to think about how big the inside of the safe needs to house all the contents. Most safes are measured on the inside by what is called cubic feet which is calculated using a simple math formula. To determine the inside size of the interior of the safe, use the following calculation:

This number will give you the total cubic feet of the safe's interior, which will help you better choose which safe is in your size range. Always choose a size larger than what you think you will need because you will always collect and find more items to store and protect in the future. We recommend you plan for at least 5-10 years into the future.

Burglars will go to the master bedroom or walk-in closet first to find small, high value items. New safe buyers often favor convenience over security and place their safe in the master bedroom. First, consider anchoring your safe into concrete vs. a wood floor. Concrete floors with a good concrete expansion anchor fight back against the burglars.

Remember, if you do not have a burglar alarm, the burglars have plenty of time to look around your home or business. Without a siren going off or the police on the way, the burglars have nothing to fear. If you are storing cash, gold, silver, or jewelry in a safe, we recommend installing a monitored burglar alarm system. National statistics show that with a burglar alarm siren going off, a burglar will usually stay less than 10 minutes in your home or business. How will they get into your safe or remove a properly anchored safe from your home or business in 10 minutes?

Anchoring your safe is extremely important, and we highly recommend it. Why? The easiest and most convenient way for a burglar to break into any safe is to move it somewhere else where they have the time and tools to get into it. It would be best if you even anchored anchor heavy safes because, believe it or not, even those get carried out of homes and businesses by a few strong burglars and a utility dolly. Even if you think your safe is hidden, you still want to anchor it if burglars find it. Being extra careful and taking extra security precautions will keep your items secure.

Almost all safes have anchor hole(s), and it is pretty simple to anchor a safe into either wood or concrete. If you decide to move and want to take your safe with you, remove the anchor bolts. If you need help with this process or do not have the right tools, we can recommend someone in your local area to assist with the installation.

If you are looking for more specific information according to your particular needs, we encourage you to talk to one of our safe professionals. We carry the most comprehensive line of safe equipment on the Internet that can fulfill virtually any safe-related need you may have.

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The SentrySafe SFW123GDC sets the standard for home safes. Whether your valuables face fire, water, gravity, or a burglar, this SentrySafe is tough enough to protect them. You can purchase sizes from 0.82 to 2.05 cubic feet, which is enough room to store piles of files, records, binders, and more.

You can order this SentrySafe fireproof model as an old school combination lock or with a digital keypad. Either way, it comes with a backup key to open the waterproof safe manually. It also comes in sizes ranging from 0.82 to 2.05 cubic feet.

If you like our top pick, but you're on a budget, here's a good alternative. The AmazonBasics safe is made of heavy-duty carbon-steel with an 8-gauge steel door and a pry-resistant hinge. For a box that holds under 2 cubic feet, it weighs almost 40 pounds, making this dense home safe a reliable first line of defense for your jewelry and heirlooms.

If you keep a gun in your home, safe storage should be a priority. We picked the Barska Mini as our top choice because of its biometric locking mechanism, silent mode, solid steel construction, and Department-of-Justice-approved design.

The SentrySafe SFW123GDC is the best fireproof safe and an absolute beast for a reasonable price. We're also big fans of its 89-pound weight, which makes it much harder for a burglar to tote off-site to a workshop. While you can bolt this safe to the floor, there are (understandably) no other mounting options.

Home security safes aren't the only way to protect your home and valuables. Consider heading over to our reviews of the best home security systems and best wireless security cameras to learn about other ways to improve your security.

A floor safe is a great alternative to putting a hole in your wall. These safes secure to the floor for enhanced defense against thieves. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit in tight, hidden spaces. If you want to bolt your floor safe down, hard surfaces like concrete are best.

Biometric scannerThis is a highly secure digital lock. It scans and then reads your fingerprint, and it opens only if the print matches one within the fingerprint memory. Some safes hold multiple prints for multiple users, so be sure the safe you chose suits the number of people using it.

Electronic keypadThanks to its PIN authentication, an electronic keypad keeps your valuables secure and easy for you (or other authorized users) to access. A lock can run on batteries, Wi-Fi, or an AC adapter. Be sure to check for a low battery alert or backup key if you opt for a safe that requires a power source. 041b061a72


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