Every homeowner deserves to live in comfort and safety. One of the ways you can make your home safer is to consider buying residential safes. But you’ll have plenty to think about once you decide to do so. You might not believe that what you treasure would be relevant to anyone else, but don’t let that discourage you from securing your most cherished possessions with a residential safe.
What Size Safe Do You Need?
This question is the first one you must ask yourself. You might think a smaller safe is enough for everything you want to put inside it. However, that’s an easy trap to fall into; instead, you should make a plan. Decide what you want to store in the safe before you buy it. Don’t forget to plan for the future. You’ll undoubtedly start collecting more valuables to keep inside however many residential safes you choose to acquire. Buying the bigger safe can help keep costs down.
How Secure Is It?
Now that you have settled on the size of the safe, you’ll need to pick the one that fits your needs. Asking how secure a safe is sounds like a paradox, but it isn’t. For instance, B-rated safes can hold up to $10,000 worth of contents; the door is ½ inch thick, and the walls are ¼ inch thick.
Can It Survive a Fire?
Fires are also another reason to get a residential safe. However, the safe you select should be able to withstand the heat and pressure from a fire that lasts at least an hour. If the fire rating is less than an hour, then whatever you put inside will most likely be damaged when the fire is gone.
What Locks Does It Feature?
We wouldn’t feel right if we left out a discussion about locks. Your new safe can have a dial lock or an electronic one. The dial lock is the classic one you might have used to keep your locker shut safely back while you were in school. Meanwhile, an electronic lock is a high tech solution. However, as unlikely as it is, electronic locks can be defeated by a possible shockwave from an electromagnetic pulse or EMP. If you haven’t thought about it before, using redundant locks could be a good idea – instead of just one type of lock, both are used together to provide extra security.
Residential and Commercial Safes from Village Lock & Key
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