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Home Fireproof Safe

Updated on April 17, 2013

Fireproof Safes for the Home

Fireproof safes are currently the most essential and under-purchased items in any home. As a homeowner, you are likely to have home insurance to protect the home's contents, as well as the physical structure against fire. You may be caught short if all your receipts and banks statements go up in a blaze. Since such items cannot be replaced by insurance, it is advisable to get a fireproof safe for them.

The problem you may be facing is how to choose the best fireproof safe for home. Hopefully, the following tips will be able to help you.

Know Your Fireproof Safe's Rating

Each fireproof safe is given a rating from the Underwriters' Laboratories. You will need to select the best one for the items you will be storing. Examples of ratings are:

UL 72: Most American fireproof depository and drop safes are tested using this system of standards.

UL 125: It is the highest rating for fireproof safes for home because it maintains the internal temperature below 125 degrees Fahrenheit for the duration specified. Such a safe is suitable for storage of disc media, USB backups and external hard drives.

UL 150: These types of safes have to keep the internal temperature below 150 degrees Fahrenheit for the duration specified. They are suitable for storing paper, microfiche, microfilm and film.

UL 350: Such a safe has to maintain a temperature below 350 for the time period specified. It is mostly suitable for storage of paper documents. Storing any computer media in such a safe is a high risk as they are usually destroyed in a fire.

SentrySafe DS0200 Safe 1 Hour Fireproof Combination Safe, 0.8 Cubic Feet, BlackCHECK PRICE

SentrySafe SFW123DSB 1.23 Cubic Feet Combination Fire-Safe, Medium GreyCHECK PRICE

First Alert 2054F 1 Hour Steel Fire Safe with Combination Lock, 0.80 Cubic Foot, GrayCHECK PRICE

Fire Safe Combination SafeCHECK PRICE

American Security Products U.L Listed 1 Hr Fire Combo SafeCHECK PRICE

LockState LS-30J Dial Fireproof SafeCHECK PRICE


LockState LS-30J Dial Fireproof Safe

How Long a Fire Lasts

Length Matters Here

A large number of people believe that they only need an hour safe because they assume that a fire will burn their house too quickly to have any effect on their fireproof safe. It is wise to get a safe with longer duration time because the internal temperature of the safe will continue to rise due to metal heat transference.

Many safes can last up to two hours. They cost a bit more, but are worth the investment. Any fireproof safe designed to last three hours or longer are usually used for businesses and are very expensive.

First Alert 2190F 2 Hour Steel Fire Safe with Combination Lock, 2.02 Cubic Foot, GrayCHECK PRICE

Gardall 1612-2 2 Hour Fireproof SafeCHECK PRICE

First Alert 2700DF 2 Hour Fire Safe with Digital Lock, 3.10 Cubic Foot, GrayCHECK PRICE


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Other Considerations

Things to Think About When Buying a Fireproof Safe

Rust proofing

Naturally, your fireproof safe will be well sealed so as to prevent outside air from circulating freely inside it. However, you should consider getting a heating system for your safe if you plan on storing jewelry or other rust prone items inside. Such a system will keep the internal temperature at a regulated warm level which will prevent air vapor from condensing and rusting any items inside.

Burglar rating

Fireproof safes for home should be burglar rated. Any movable wall, floor or depository safe is an invitation to burglars. They will try and take it away to crack it even if it has valueless documents to them, such as receipts or insurance records. A reasonable burglary rating should be something you consider as they are a highly desirable item to steal.

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BARSKA Large Biometric SafeCHECK PRICE


Home Safes Fireproof and Waterproof

It's a good idea to consider getting a home safe that is fireproof and waterproof. After a fire, water will be everywhere. Some fireproof safes are not able to handle the amount of water used in a large fire. Below are some models for double protection.

Honeywell 1104 1 Hour Fire/Water Safe Chest for Legal/letter/A4 Size Documents
Honeywell 1104 1 Hour Fire/Water Safe Chest for Legal/letter/A4 Size Documents

Very good for a small amount of papers and other light valuables.

 

LockState LS-30D FireProof Safe

Quality and Price

When you keep such factors in mind, it will not be hard to find some of the best fireproof safes for your home. The last thing you should keep in mind is that such safes do not come cheap. When you are planning to buy one, make sure you do not compromise quality for cost. Take into account that, in most cases, cheaper brands have a likelihood of being poor in quality.

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