You don’t need to rent out a bank vault to keep your valuables secure. A variety of safes, customized for particular purposes, exist on the market for use at home or in your office. As with any other product, however, you must first be sure you are choosing the one that will best suit your needs.
In this vein, consider the following factors when looking for a safe designed for the valuables of concern.
Determine the Biggest Threat
When shopping for a safe, determine the most imminent dangers in the environment. If your home or building is made of wood, for example, then fire probably poses the greatest threat, especially if the structure is old and approaching tinderbox status.
Even if you’ve stayed on top of the safety of your electrical circuitry and other potential firestarters, it is still much safer to invest in a safety vault—a fireproof one, specifically—to protect your valuables.
Otherwise, if your safety vault is embedded behind the building’s wall or under flooring, for example, you need to consider its exposure to moisture from leaks or flooding. In this case, choose a water-resistant safe.
How big are the items you intend to put inside the vault? If they are documents, then the conventional vault sizes suffice. However, if an object’s dimensions are irregular in length, width, or otherwise, you may need to purchase a more specialized vault style to accommodate your needs.
To make certain a prospective vault size is sufficient, measure your items at home and take those measurements with you while shopping. However, make sure you have a little extra space, for you never know when another valuable may need protection.
If items are valuable enough to require a safe, it is imperative to know the safe is up to the task. Don’t buy safes unless tested by certification companies to meet or exceed international standards. Safes are expected to be fireproof, water-resistant, and of course, burglar-proof, which is why they must be tested under extremely stressful conditions.
When checking for the certification of safes, look for seals of approval from companies such as Intertek. If you need to learn more, consult with your trusted locksmith or supplier, such as Eastway Lock & Key in Charlotte, NC, about safes in general and their certification.
A safe is as valuable as the valuables it protects. Therefore, make sure your safe can survive the threats around it while remaining accessible for your use.
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