There are many reasons to add a safe to your home. Certain safes can offer protection for your valuables from both fire damage and theft, but you'll want to do your homework. Unfortunately, many of the so-called fireproof safes on the market provide little resistance from burglars and some won't even hold up to most fires. At Holder's Security, we offer a high-quality inventory of American Security safes that are guaranteed to protect your valuables from both fire and theft. Here are some buying tips that help you decide if a safe is worth the money or not.
- UL Rating
?A UL Rated composite safe will offer authentic fire protection. These safes feature a water retaining substance between two sheets of sheet metal. The door jam will also feature a heat seal. This allows the water retaining substance to release steam when fire surrounds the safe. This coats the contents of the safe and raises its flashpoint. The downside to this type of safe is that the very features that make it resistant to fires also make it more likely to succumb to a brute force attack. The walls of the safe are intentionally thin in order to reduce heat buildup.
?Because of the lack of protection from a typical fire safe constructed in the manner detailed above, many manufacturers offer fire safes reinforced by making the outer panels thicker. While this may make the safe more difficult to break into, it's still not nearly as secure as a typical burglary safe. Too often, dealers allows customers to purchase these reinforced fire safes for the purpose of burglary protection when, in reality, they offer little to none.
- True Burglary Protection
?For the best of both worlds of fire and burglary protection in your home safe, consider a composite cladded fire safe. You'll want a safe with a minimum of a 'B' burglary rating, which will feature a 1/2" solid steel door and 1/4" steel body. The fire cladding should be at least 2.5" of concrete amalgamate.
- Construction Method
?There are four typical construction methods for fire safes: insulation/fireboard, reinforced fireboard, composite and composite fire cladded. Only composite fire cladded will offer significant protection from both fire and theft. Both types of fireboard safes are cheaper to manufacture and offer little to no protection from theft. While they do offer some fire protection, they still don't stand up to hotter flames for any duration of time.
At Holder's Security, we offer a variety of safes for your home and business. Come see us at 7027 E. 40th St. in Tulsa and we'll help you find the safe that matches your needs.