We all have valuables that we tend to lock away, and this is one of the primary reasons why having a safe in your home sounds like a good idea. Safes are not only one of the best places to store valuables such as jewelry, cash, and confidential documents but also a convenient way to keep weapons out of children’s reach. But how to determine whether the safe you are about to purchase is worthy of keeping your valuables secure? Here we are mentioning the main factors which will help you make the right decision:
How much space does it offer?
The first thing you should consider is whether the safe is large enough. Initially, you may be thinking of saving a few things in the safe, such as jewellery or cash. Over time, you may want to keep other items such as confidential documents, business files, or weapons. That is why it is essential to determine the capacity of the safe which you intend to buy.
The easiest way to do this is to consider the largest valuables you want to store in your safe. Purchase a safe that offers at least 30 percent more space in the interior dimensions. Bear in mind that the inside and outside measurements of the safe differ. You must consider the body and the insulation of the safe. The additional 30 percent would allow extra space for valuables that you have forgotten to add or new items that you want to keep safe in the future.
Would it be able to resist heat or fire?
As safes are typically classified by their fire resistance abilities, it is important to consider how well your safe will protect your valuables in case of the unfortunate event of a fire eruption. For example, a ‘Class-A’ safe can resist up to 2000°F temperature for up to 4 hours, while a ‘Class-E’ safe can resist temperature for up to 1550°F for about half an hour. Look for a safe that will hold up against the fire for as long as possible, even if it’s engulfed in flames. For obvious, the higher the fire-resistant rating is, the expensive the safe is. Although it’s good to hope that the fire will be put off as soon as possible, it’s always wise to get a safe that could withstand even the most unfortunate situations.
Is it easy to be tempered with?
Tamper-resistance is another most important factor you must consider to evaluate any safe before making a purchase. An ideal safe should be tamper-resistant, so nobody could access your valuables without consent. The tamper-resistant characteristic of a safe is typically based on these three features; type of the lock, level of difficulty to pick that lock, and safe’s construction. Simply put, look for a heavy-duty and well-built safe to ensure maximum protection of your valuables.
Other features to consider
Other features that you may want to consider before purchasing a safe are:
- Lock style and type
- Water-resistance level
- Warranty type and duration
- Safe style (wall-mounting or free-standing)
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