Barry Bros London: Your Ultimate Guide to Shopping and Using Safes
Do you want to purchase your very own home safe? People use home safes to store important items such as rare coins, jewelry, guns, and hard-to-replace items like birth certificates, tax records, passports, and family photos. People use home safes to provide protection to their valuable items against fire, water damage, and theft. When it comes to testing safes, Underwriters Laboratories and Intertek (using the ETL mark) are the independent organizations doing the quality testing.
When buying a home or office safe, one important factor that most buyers consider is fire resistance. When rating for fire resistance, an important element to consider is the material because it determines the ability to withstand fire and the length of time it can offer fire protection before the contents of the safe get burned. For instance, computer disks, and DVDs should not get any hotter than 120 degrees, not exceeding 150 degrees for storing old tape recordings, and paper documents not get any hotter than 350 degrees on the inside during the fire. The length of fire protection of a standard home safe is thirty minutes, and the longer the time, the higher the price tag, and all of this information are found on the safe packaging.
The burglary resistance independent ratings for home safes are less common as compared to commercial safes. Independent testers evaluate burglary protection by using torches, tools, and explosives. For instance, a TL-15 rated safe means that the safe can withstand a 15-minute burglary attack with the use of common tools. Find a home safe with bolt-down kits to deter thieves in a hurry, concealed safes on wall or concrete floor, and those that are 100 lbs heavy for a less attractive target. Most water-resistant home safes are also fire-resistant and theft-resistant. Independent safe testers evaluate the water-resistant by submerging safes to water to mimic the effects of a broken water line or flood.
The main target of burglars is the master bedroom, so planning where to place the safe is crucial consdiering your house design and safe areas. The basement offers superior fire protection but not ideal if your home is flood-prone. A home safe offers utmost protection for your birth certificates, estate-planning documents, life-insurance policies, savings bonds, stock certificates, and tax returns. Do you want to be knowledgeable and skilled when buying safes? Allow Barry Bros Safes in London to help you learn more about the facts, benefits, and things to consider when buying safes. Get an expert’s advice on maintenance and safekeeping practices.