Home safes are becoming more and more popular since the recession started. As people realize that some bankers ought to be wearing an orange jumpsuit rather than a pin-striped 3-piece, having a bit of cash-on-hand and protecting belongings at home has started to make a little more sense.
In spite of a broad array of models that have a variety of features, selecting the proper home safe may be a fairly simple process. Since you aren’t just protecting money, but sentimental items and critical documents, choose smartly and consider these 6 important points.
- Know the fire rating of the safe, which reflects the quantity of time the safe may stand up to direct flame without its contents combusting. Usually, it’s measured in hours and I recommend a minimum of a 1-hour fire rating.
- Research the cash rating of the safe, indicating how burglar-resistant it is. This rating typically is calculated by the strength of the safe’s walls and door, the difficulty in removing the safe from its location, and the complexity of the locking mechanism. Usually, the higher a cash rating, the more secure it is. Keep in mind the cash rating and the fire rating aren’t related. A high cash rating doesn’t imply good fire resistance. Perform the research on the model you are considering.
- Figure out the volume of items which are going to go inside the safe and leave some spare room for future additions. It’ll provide you an idea of how big a safe you need. Bear in mind, smaller safes are easier to hide and more versatile for additional environments (boats, apartments, RV’s). Standard home safes are 8-inches high, 10-inches wide and 10-inches deep.
- Figure out if you want the safe to be permanently installed or portable. Select the size and model accordingly. If you pick a portable safe, is it able to be carried by each adult inside the household under emergency circumstances?
- Choose a combination lock instead of a keyed lock. Typically, combinations are easy to recall or write down in an off-site or secret location. Keys get forgotten in a panic or lost over time.
- Consider the budget and buy the highest-grade safe which may reasonably meet your needs. The majority of home safes retail for about $150 yet may go as high as $800. I chose a higher-grade safe and sacrificed some cubic inches. Keep in mind, safes are for the protection of valuables, cash, and critical documentation. Avoid the temptation to have too many sentimental things if space is at a premium.
A good safe, in the end, that’s well-concealed and secure is just one piece of a bigger family security plan. Be certain adult members in the family know the location of the safe and that your family members have a well-rehearsed emergency strategy which first and foremost concentrates on personal safety.
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