A fireproof safe is always a safe choice. Homes and private businesses alike can be devastated by fire. Even when that happens, you don’t need to lose your important documents and belongings if you have the right type of safe.
How Big Is It?
First of all, you’ve got to think about how big the safe is. Collect everything you want to place into your new fireproof safe and see if it will fit. Sometimes, it is smarter to get a bigger safe than you need. That’s so you have room for more additions down the road. One stack of folders might not take up a lot of room, but when you add more, you don’t want to have to cram them all inside.
What Goes Inside?
Next, you will need to consider the types of valuables that you are storing in the fireproof safe. How well will they handle the heat? The way fireproof safes are designed, they will stay cool on the inside even while a fire is raging around them, increasing the temperature in the room to dangerous levels. For documents, the highest you can go is 350 degrees, while films and video recordings are much more fragile. Thus, you can only go up to 150 degrees with these items in your safe. Physical discs, such as those for DVDs and Blu-Rays are even more susceptible to heat damage. That means you can only go up to 125 degrees.
How Long Will It Last?
The next question you have to answer is how long you expect your belongings the last during a fire. Most of the time, fireproof safes for residential use can survive a fire for about half an hour. After thirty minutes, the safe will begin to fail, and anything inside will be damaged. Luckily most homes fire fizzle out after twenty minutes so a residential fireproof safe should be all you need.
Is It Waterproof?
Fireproof safes need to be waterproof as well. The reason for this is that water is often used to fight fires. Even though chemical foams are common for firefighting, most of the time your first reaction would be to get a bucket of water instead of the fire extinguisher. When your fireproof safe is also waterproof, it can survive when firefighters arrive to contain and then put out the fire.
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