Home safe installation is becoming more and more common. Safes are no longer just popular in banks, offices, and other commercial settings as there are also valuable items that homeowners secure at home including money, jewelleries, and documents. If this is your first time getting a safe in your house, here are some tips from the experts when it comes to selecting the right one.
Some safes are made to protect items from fire, while others from theft. Determine your reasons for securing the things that you will put inside the safe. Papers such as documents may need to be protected against fire, compared to jewelleries that you may want secured against theft. Check the fire rating if you need a fire resistant safe. The rating is in hours, which would tell how long it will be able to protect the items from fire. One that has a fire rating of one hour is good enough, although you can always find one with a higher rating if this is what you prefer. This is also true if looking for one to protect against theft. See how sturdy and durable the safe is through the rating. You can also find safes that offer both. Again, check on the ratings to determine if it meets your requirements.
Another thing to consider is the method of safe opening. Go for high security locks to make it difficult for burglars to break-in. There are safes that use keys for opening them. Lock picking and key loss could become problems with this option. To prevent these issues from happening, consider getting a safe that uses digital lock. It could be the usual combination lock that you need to turn to get the right combination or one in which you need to enter the right security code in the keypad. The next factor to consider is the size of the safe. Furthermore, take into consideration the amount of items that you plan to place in the safe, as well as the area where you will be placing it. It’s best to make some room in case your needs arise in the future. Another thing to think about is if you will be having a portable safe or a permanent one that is installed on your wall or floor. If it’s portable, it should be easy for you to carry in case of emergency. However, note that it would also be easy for an intruder to bring it with them in case they gain access to it.