How important are fireproof safes? Anyone who has gone through a fire and lost pictures, valuables, and important paperwork could tell you just how important they truly are. When you buy these safes, you will want to check the fire rating on them to see how long they are able to protect your documents. It might even be a good idea to buy more than one safe. You can keep fireproof safes in the home as well as the office. If you have a vacation home, consider getting one for that house as well. You can never have too much protection.
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Many people that purchase a fireproof safe expect the same protection from attempted theft. The problem is that the materials that are used in a fireproof safe are very different from those used in a safe for security reasons. Fireboard is not as impervious to hand tools as layers of concrete and steel can be. You should also remember that a safe that is meant solely for security would not protect the contents from high temperatures that are found in a house fire. The Hollon line of fireproof safes does make a fireproof safe that can be bolted to the floor, which might be a good compromise.
We live in an entirely new age of technology, with hard drives and USB drives replacing paper documents. These newest forms of data storage may be high tech, but they’re also incredibly sensitive to heat and humidity, as well as dust. Magnetic fields of any kind could ensure that all of your information is lost in just moments. By purchasing a media safe, such as the FireKing DS1817, you can protect your data from any of the usual, and even the unusual, damages that can occur. They’re not terribly expensive, but even if they were, wouldn’t it be worth it to keep your information safe?
Something that you should keep in mind when you’re shopping for a home safe is that not all safes are created equally. For instance, a safe that is rated to keep your belongings protected from fires that reach over 1400 degrees Fahrenheit may also allow a thief to pick it right up and carry it out of the house. Conversely, a safe that is intended to deter thieves is not usually constructed to protect the contents from high temperatures. A good, inexpensive compromise is a safe such as one from Hollon. These fire safes can also be bolted to the ground, which will definitely deter thieves.
No matter how careful you think that you are, there is always the possibility of a fire in your home. Those important papers and all of the heirloom jewelry sitting out on desks and bureau tops will be gone in just moments, should your house ever succumb to a hire.
Average house fires peak at temperatures of up to 1200 degrees Fahrenheit, so you’ll need to seek out a safe that can withstand such temperatures. Some, such as the Hollon 1 Hour Fireproof Safe, are created to last up to an hour, while others can withstand the heat for two hours or more.
If you are purchasing a fire proof safe, then you can rest assured that the safes from which you are choosing have been through rigorous testing and will stand up to the ratings that they pledge. It’s really just a matter of knowing what the ratings mean, so that you can be assured of the protection that is offered. The lowest rating is a UL ½-hour fire endurance test, which will protect your belongings for up to a half hour at 1550 degrees Fahrenheit. You can also find UL 1-hour and UL 2-hour endurance safes. You probably won’t need them in your home, but you can also find UL explosion hazard safes, and UL fire-impact safes.
If you plan to purchase a safe to keep your valuables from harm, it’s a good idea to take it one step further and make sure that the safe is fire proof. Be sure that the safe you choose states clearly that it is a fire safe. All fire safes should have at least one layer of fireboard, which is insulation on the inside of the safe. Stronger safes will have more layers of fireboard. Also, be sure that the door is good, or heat and smoke may get to the contents. Your safe should protect the contents from temperatures up to 1400 degrees Fahrenheit.
While it is certainly possible to purchase a burglary safe that will offer fire protection, you should keep in mind that the same doesn’t work the other way. Strongboxes and lockboxes that are built to be fireproof will only keep your documents and valuable safe in the event of a fire. These strongboxes, however, are usually small and can often be carried out by thieves. For anti-theft protection, be sure that you are purchasing a true home safe. These will be large, with steel and concrete construction. No thief will be able to pick it up and casually leave with it, that’s for sure.
You may believe that you live in the safest neighborhood in your city, and perhaps you really do. Did you know, however, that a burglary occurs nearly every fifteen seconds? With those stats, can you honestly believe that your house is impervious to thieves? Now, keep in mind that these home invaders are never likely to spend more than ten minutes inside each home. If you were to purchase a TL-15 rated safe, then you could be assured that your safe could keep your valuables safe against safe-cracking tools for up to fifteen minutes. No thief wants to hang around long enough for that.
We have just started carrying the Hollon Safes on our site. I’ve known about them for a long time however, they have always been a little more expensive than similar brands like Cobalt Safe or Gardall Safes.Â That is until recently.Â In the spring both companies had a huge 30% increase in wholesale prices.Â Well, that made the Hollon Safes a much better deal.
Quality of Hollon Safes has always been a little better than similar type safes made from other manufacturers.Â They have a tendency to put in more bolts in their safes. Take for instance the Cobalt SB-02c it has 3 bolts on the door opening side and 3 fixed bolts on the hinge side. (Gardall model FB-2013 is the same as the SB-02c) However, when you open the Hollon Safe HS-685 you see three bolts on the door opening side, 1 bolt going into the top, and another going into the bottom. PLUS a 1 inch thick locking bar that goes from top to bottom.Â That is the thickest hinge side locking bar in the industry that I am aware of.
Safes Lock: Notice that Hollon Safe is equiping ALL thier safes with a Group 1 Electronic lock.Â They have moved away from lesser secure Group II dials that other manufacturers are using.Â The CE Digital lock comes with “LockOut” technologyÂ that has a time delay feature and is activated if the wrong number is entered more than 3 times. The lock will reset after 10 minutes for correct code entry. Did I mention is was a High security Group I lock? This is much more secure than a dial as dial can have a “Safe Dialer” machine hooked to it and automactically dial open the safe within hours!Â ThisÂ keypad also has an 8-bit micro processor chip with NON-Volitale memory. It maintains customer code even without batteries. Your secret code can program with 4-16 digits. (more code options) Its also free to change the code on when ever you want. Unlike dials that require a locksmith to change the combination. Cost is around $75 each time you want to change the code.Â Many people ask me if a dial will outlast a keypad in a fire.Â Both the dial and the keypad is ruined after a fire.Â Keypads are also not suseptable to “drifting” like a dial will. (Drifting is when a dials code gets changed through use. The code maybe 25-50-75 and then it shifts and becomes 26-50-75.Â But the dial doesn’t tell it shifted. You just can’t get into the safe one day)
Popular brands of Dials are Sargent & Greenleaf or LaGard.Â Both established themselves as leaders in the field and were considered long lasting and made in Kentucky.Â However, both companies have since been sold and both companies now make thier locks in the “eastern part” of the USA known as China.Â I have found these Chinese dials to not be up to the original manufacture quality.Â Â These locks have a nasty reputation for drift and wearing out due assembly quality and parts.Â However, if you speak with your local locksmith he may not be aware of the changes and he may state that “These dials will last forever”.Â (Do you know of anything mechanical that lasts forever?Â Me either.)Â
To wrap things up Hollon Safes are really offering a superior quality safe and has done more to protect their customers than most competitive safes.Â Check out their 2 Hour Fire & Burglary Safes.