Most homeowners choose a home and office safe over a bank’s safety deposit box simply because they feel more at ease knowing their precious valuables remain within their reach. That is why it is essential for these people to purchase the safe that can best safeguard their treasures without spending a fortune on high-end home safes and office safes.
There are several important factors one must consider in buying safes for their Charlotte, NC properties.
Fire- and water-resistance
More than anything else, you would want a safe that would protect your valuables even through accidents like fire, or natural calamities, like floods. The extent of resistance all depends on what your valuables are. If you are trying to protect important documents, then the inside of the safe should not get hotter than 350 degrees. If it is photos, videos, or other computer-related files and disks, then the temperature should not exceed 125 degrees.
Typically, a safe should be able to protect whatever its contents for 30 minutes under extreme conditions. Of course, there are safes that guarantee a longer protection time but these are generally more expensive.
Fire- and water-resistance are usually checked and verified by testing laboratories such as Intertek and Underwriters Laboratories.
Protection from burglary
Burglary resistance is also tested for safes though this feature is very rare, if at all, present in home safes. Mostly, the ones who are more concerned with burglary-resistance ratings are commercial users. The burglary resistance rating will show the exact number of minutes a safe can withstand brutal attacks using the most common tools in burglaries. For example, a certified TL-15 burglary-resistant safe should be able to withstand any attack using various picking/snapping/bumping tools, torches, and explosives for 15 minutes.
For home safes, the fact that a safe weighs more than 100 pounds and is usually bolted to walls or flooring is enough of a deterrent for residential burglary.
It really depends on the design and structure of the house. For the most part, it is not advisable to put the home safe inside the master bedroom as this is always the first pit stop for burglars.
Generally, home and office safes are hidden inside a wall or the floor though you would need to check the structural integrity of the house before you decide to tear down a wall or floor to hide your safe. Fire safes are usually placed in offices and garages, while some believe the best place to install it is in the basement. However, if flooding is a problem, then hiding it inside the basement may not be such a clever idea.
If you need a professional to help with any safe, contact our team at Eastway Lock & Key in Charlotte NC. We will be happy to assist. We also carry used safes, and a complete line of new safes for home or business. Give us a call at 704-347-1088, or complete our Contact Form and we’ll get back to you right away. Don’t forget to find us on Facebook and Twitter!