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Is Your Safe Really Safe? 4 Instances That Say No

The installation of a home safe is an excellent move in the right direction but does not mean that you are fully protected. Several common and easily avoidable mistakes lower the integrity of a safe, make it more vulnerable to failure, and lessen its overall effectiveness. Learn just some of the signs that indicate your home safe might not be safe after all. 
The installation of a home safe is an excellent move in the right direction but does not mean that you are fully protected. Several common and easily avoidable mistakes lower the integrity of a safe, make it more vulnerable to failure, and lessen its overall effectiveness. Learn just some of the signs that indicate your home safe might not be safe after all. 

1. Selection

When a homeowner fails to select the appropriate safe for their needs, they automatically lower its level of effectiveness. If you did not think much about the type of safe you installed, you likely already have one strike against you. All safes primarily serve the same purpose, but their design directly reflects how they will function.

Consider a safe installed in a home office, just off the kitchen, for example. Kitchen fires are the leading location of residential fires, and as a result, a safe installed in this area should be fire resistant.

A safe that is not fire resistant is more likely to fail during a fire, and the contents inside may be damaged or destroyed. The basis of effectiveness is the right type of safe. 

2. Accreditation

Two safes can look similar, yet be different, even among safes designed for the same purpose, such as a gun safe. Avoid the mistake of selecting a safe becomes it looks durable or has persuasive marketing lingo like "fortified construction." Choose a safe based on its accreditation.

The Underwriters Laboratory (UL) tests and rates safe integrity and effectiveness based on certain conditions. For example, safes with a UL rating of 30 can endure up to 30 minutes of penetration techniques while remaining intact.

With the average criminal looking to get in and out of a house fast, the person would likely give up long before this 30-minute period expires. When you purchase a safe with a UL rating, you can be confident in its performance. 

3. Installation

Step-by-step tutorials online assist with safe installation, but these references do not match the skill of a professional. In addition to the safe's rating and design, its weight needs to be evaluated to determine the appropriate location for installation. For instance, consider a homeowner who installs a safe on the upper level of their home.

If the weight of the safe is too heavy for the floor structure to support, the safe could damage the floor and, in extreme cases, fall through. A professional will help you choose the appropriate type and location for the safe and perform an install that keeps you protected. 

4. Location

Where you choose to install a safe will also determine how useful it is for your protection. In terms of location, always assess potential risks. In terms of security, don't install the safe in an area where an intruder can quickly access it, such as a garage. Criminals are always looking for ways to beat safe technology, and sometimes they are successful.

Don't install the safe in an area that will only make the job of a criminal easier. The safe's location should also be assessed for any environmental threats, such as an increased risk of flooding. While some safes are water-resistant, note that water-resistant is different from waterproof. Placing the safe in an area known to flood unnecessarily jeopardizes your belongings. 

Fortunately, with the help of safe professionals, you can avoid all of these problems and keep your valuables secure. From lockouts to repairs to a new installation, at Bruck Safe Company, we are equipped to handle all your safe needs. Contact us so that we can assess the condition of your safe and recommended any critical updates.