Features the Best home safe should have

When looking for a good home safe there are many things to consider such as what do you want to store, how much do you want to pay, where are you going to put the safe. Once you have made these decisions the following guide will help you decide on the safe which best suits your needs and budget.

What the best home safes have

  • Clear information on the packaging. Don't assume that every safe can protect against fire and burglary or that all safes are created equal. Look for these features to be spelled out on the safe's packaging or specs list, with clear guidelines about what fire temperatures it can withstand for how long, and what cash rating it has.
  • UL or JIS certifications. The best home safes bear certifications from UL (Underwriters Laboratory) or other independent companies that verify the manufacturers' claims for fire resistance.
  • Safes should be large and heavy. That's a sign that they're built well. If you see a very large safe that only weighs about 30 kilograms it's not built of thick enough steel to withstand determined entry attempts.
  • The ability to be bolted to the floor. Although this isn't strictly necessary if all you're worried about is fire or water, bolting your safe to the floor provides an additional deterrent to would-be burglars.
  • A fire rating of at least 30 minutes. however, you can find home safes that are rated to protect for at least an hour of fire exposure. This usually means a drop in its burglary resistance.
  • A Cash rating. This a good indication of how secure the safe is against burglary and or forced entry. Some cheaper home safes can be jimmied open with large screwdrivers or wrecking bars.
  • Relocking Devices. The better quality safes have secondary locking devices that will lock the safe if a burglar tries to cut it open and will also have hardened steel to resist drilling the safe open.
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