Many people purchase a floor safe under the misguided notion that it will also protect the contents from a fire. The truth is that most safes that are built for security use materials that will cause the inside of a safe to reach soaring temperatures in the event of a house fire that reaches 1400 degrees Fahrenheit. You should be sure to specify when purchasing your safe, especially if you are seeking a safe that will protect valuable from both theft and fire. The safes are not created equally, and confusing one for the other could result in a devastating loss.
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It is a proven fact that crime rates rise during tough economic times. If you have never before considered owning a home safe, then now is the time to start thinking about it. Safes are much more effective that a simple lockbox, because the doors and locking mechanisms are created to keep thieves from cracking them for up to thirty minutes. No home invader wants to hang around that long, no matter what he or she thinks might be inside. Other benefits of owning a safe include keeping important documents safe from fire, and keeping children away from dangerous weapons. There’s no question, really. Buy a safe.
If you are seeking a safe for your home or business, then you have probably done a lot of research to find the best safe for the least amount of money. Don’t be fooled by the cheap safes out there, for they are little more than a glorified strongbox. You should also keep in mind that just because two safes are of similar size and style, that doesn’t mean they are the same. Hollon safes typically include more bolts in their safes than manufacturers of similar sizes and ratings. The keypads on Hollon safes are also more theft resistant, even if they appear to be similar to other brands.
While it is certainly comforting to know that your valuables and documents are protected by steel and concrete, there is sometimes a bit of doubt when it comes to the protection that a key or a number pad can offer. Thieves that have experience with cracking safes can usually get through these with little to no effort, so if you own one of these safes, then you’re usually banking on the possibility that they won’t want to take the time. You can, however, purchase a biometric safe, such as the HZ-30, which will open with just the use of your fingerprint.
If you have decided to purchase a home safe to keep your documents and valuables safe, then chances are that you’re facing a new decision. What kind of safe is necessary? You should definitely be sure to purchase a home safe that offers fire protection for up to 1400 degrees Fahrenheit. This will keep any documents safe in the event of even the largest house fire. If you plan to keep any digital files, you should purchase a safe that is created especially to prevent dust and electromagnetic fields from getting inside. Beyond that, you just need to decide where you want to put the safe, and your choice is almost made for you.
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.
Hmmm, good question right?Â You will often find that Home Safes are in two catagories. Factory Rated 1 hour fireproof home safes or UL listed 1 hour fireproof home safes.Â Factory rated means that the factory has designed the safe for what they think it would take to pass a UL test or had a less reputable testing facility test the safe.Â
The guys at Underwriters Labratory are the mostÂ abusive on a product.Â I have seen some factory rated products pass at half theÂ “factory rated time!”Â Such asÂ a 2 hour rated safe lasting for only 1 hour.Â
I have also seen someÂ companies that make a fireproof home safe sent to UL for testing then get passed at 1 hour. The design gets sent off to an ultra cheapÂ overseas manufacture facility thatÂ cuts corners and doesn’t produce the safe properly so it would never pass the UL test again.Â I often find these in the big box retailers.Â I challange them to take one off the shelf and get it retested and see if it passes.
Always get the advise of an expert.Â Start with your local locksmith and work your way out from there. Remember, even my opinion is just that…an opinion.
The ES-031D and the SS-031DÂ are the largest in 1 hour fireproof home safes that is made by Cobalt Safes.Â Has good pry resistant locking bolts on the door opening side and a staionary locking bolt on the hinge side. Just in case the hingesÂ are cut off with a grinding tool or torch.Â
Es-031D comes with an electronic lock that is one of the better import keypads on the market today.Â Non volitale memory so it will not loose the combination if batteries go dead or are removed.Â There is also a “lock out” mode on the keypad if the wrong combintion is entered more than 5 times.Â It will stay in lock out mode for 5 minutes and then reset itself. (You cannot reset the timer by removing the batteries)
The SS-031D comes with a combination dial and key.Â Yes, it takes both to open the safe.Â The dial must be unlocked and then the key is used in place of a handle to retract the bolt.Â Many folks open the dial in the morning and use the key to get in and out of the safe during the daytime.Â Then lock the dial when they are finished using the safe for the day
1 Hour fireproof protects against most fires (but its not good enough if you live in a wildfire zone in California…try two hour in those areas) Also has center bolt down hole and comes with bolt down package.Â Which we recomend you bolt down your safe.Â
Pull out drawer located at the top of the safe and 1 removable shelf comes with the safe.Â No option for more shelves on this model.Â To view more safes like this model or to purchase this model. View Home Safes.
|Height: 20 1/2″
Width: 16 1/8″
Depth: 17 1/2″
|Height: 16 1/2″
Width: 11 3/4″
Depth: 12 1/2″