Choosing the right safe

Choosing the right safe

The process of choosing the right home safe can be relatively straightforward despite the wide variety of models and features available. Choose wisely and consider these seven key points since you’re not just protecting cash, but important documents and sentimental items as well.

Fire Rating

The fire rating of the safe indicates how long it can withstand direct flame without combusting. The fire rating is usually measured in hours, and I recommend a minimum of one hour.

Cash rating

Identify the safe’s cash rating, which indicates its burglar resistance. A safe’s security rating is normally determined by the strength of its door and walls, the complexity of its locking mechanism, and the difficulty of removing it. Safes with a higher cash rating are generally more secure. You should remember that the fire rating is unrelated to the cash rating. A high cash rating does not necessarily imply good fire resistance (and vice versa). Research the model you’re considering.

What is going on inside your safe

Decide what will go in the safe and leave some room for future additions. This will help you determine how large a safe you need. The smaller the safe, the easier it is to conceal and the more versatile it is for other environments.

Installation and fixing

decide whether you want the safe to be portable or permanently installed (bolting it to the floor or mounting it in a wall). Decide on the size and model based on your needs. The portable safe makes it easy for potential thieves to pick it up and walk away with it if your property is broken into. Choosing a safe that is installed and bolted down is a much better option.

Locking options

What are the different types of safe locks available? There are four main types of locks: Key, Digital, Mechanical, and Biometric. Deciding which lock is best for you is a matter of personal preference.


I would suggest purchasing the highest-grade safe that can reasonably meet your needs based on your budget. Keep sentimental items to a minimum when space is limited. I would consider renting a safe deposit box for storing sentimental items such as family heirlooms.

Emergency plan

A good safe that is secure and well-concealed is just one element of a larger family security plan. Moreover, Family members should know where the safe is and have a well-rehearsed emergency plan that focuses, first and foremost, on personal safety.

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