When you have a home office, you will have to utilize a safe where you can store important documents and cash. Rather than keeping them in a bank, which requires payment, a safe that is within a proverbial arm-length which you can keep an eye on may be a preferable option. You can also use a safe to keep jewellery or family heirlooms. A home safe should be secure from a lot of things, such as home fire or burglary. Here is what to look for when buying a home safe.
In case of a home fire caused by electrical hazard or even an errant child playing with matches, you will have a lot less worry about your money, deeds or certificates burning to ashes when you have them stored in a good quality fire-resistant home safe. Items that would melt in high temperature such as plastic film or computer disks will be safe inside a fire-resistant safe even when high-temperature fire is blazing outside. The materials for a fire-resistant home safe have to be both an insulator and also inflammable. Examples for materials used to build a fire-retardant safe are gypsum, mica, and wood chips.
There will be a selection of safes with ratings that you can choose from. The ratings we provided are from UL (Underwriters laboratory). These ratings represent their level of resistance to fire, in descending order:
Most safes serve the purpose of securing your valuables, such as gold or jewellery, against thieves or burglars. In order to do that, a safe should be:
Made of steel. A safe with harder surface would be harder to crack or break under pressure.
Attached to the floor of a wall. If the burglars are big enough in numbers or body size and you do not have an affixed safe, they will be able to move it to another location and slowly crack the key open.
Resistant to attacks with tools. Also set by Underwriters Laboratory, here are several codes that signify the rating of a safe according to its resistance to tools, in descending order:
TX, means that it can resist attacks from cutting torches and explosives.
TR, resistant to cutting torches.
TL, resistant to common hand-held tools.
Here are several codes (by UL) that signify the duration of a safe’s resistance against tools, in descending order:
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