Safes have long been a security staple. Whether it is irreplaceable family heirlooms or vital documents, a safe protects your belongings. Just as all safes are not created equal, where you choose to install the safe also plays a critical role in its overall effectiveness. Don’t pick a location for your safe without considering these important factors.
Do you live in a high-risk flood zone? If your response is yes, you want to be particularly mindful of the location of your safe’s installation. For example, if you live near a lake that tends to flood during tropical storms or other major storms, you don’t want to install the safe on the first floor of your home.
Even if you install a waterproof safe, depending on the level of water and how long it takes for the water to be removed, there is a high probability that the contents inside the safe could be damaged or destroyed. For houses with an elevated flood risk, installation on an upper level of the home is a safer alternative.
You should also avoid installing the safe in non-climate-controlled spaces of your home, such as an uninsulated garage. During the summer months, the elevated humidity levels could damage your belongings, particularly any paper or metal items you have inside.
A few familiar locations for home safes are master bedrooms, master closets, and home offices. In the event of a break-in, a burglar may go straight to these predictable locations.
While safes are highly secure, the unfortunate reality is that there are career criminals out there that may have the skill and technology to gain access to your valuables, so you never want to make their job easier. If you are concerned about the threat of a break-in, it might not be wise to install a safe in these common locations.
Instead, consider a more conspicuous place, such as a guest bedroom or even the rear side of the hallway linen closet. Since the goal of a burglar is to get in and out as quickly as possible, the harder it is to locate your home safe, the lower the risk.
Many safe manufacturers advertise their safes as fireproof; don’t get too hung up on this idea. The most important thing to understand is that there is no such thing as a completely fireproof safe. A safe can instead be fire resistant, which means that it can remain intact in the event of exposure to flames, but for a very specific amount of time.
For example, safes with a fireproof or fire resistant label are generally designed to maintain their structure when exposed to flames for somewhere between 30 and 150 minutes. Since fires often originate in higher-risk areas, such as near a fireplace or in the kitchen, don’t install your safe near these spaces.
In the event you are faced with an unfortunate home fire, the further the safe is from the source of the fire, the shorter the length of time the safe will be exposed to the flames. You should also consider installing the safe in a room with an installed sprinkler for further protection.
A security professional can help you with all your installation needs, from determining what type of safe you need to choose the ideal location.
At A Carolina Locksmith, we are a team of professionals that will work with you to determine what type of safe you need and the best location for its installation in your home based on your needs. Contact us to learn how we can help you keep your belongings secure.