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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Choosing A Fire Safe For Secure Storage Of Your Home Inventory

A Fire Safe Is The Ideal In-Home Secure Storage For Your Property Inventory

Are You Looking For A Fire Safe For Storing Your Inventory & Important Documents?

Would You Like Answers To Questions Such As:
  • What are all the features of a fire safe?
  • What do the ratings of the fire safe mean?
  • What is the difference between a fire safe and a data safe?
  • Do I need to have it professionally installed?
This article will answer these questions and also make you aware of anything else to look for if you are contemplating the purchase of a fire safe. The fire safe will be the best method of storage for your home inventory, where you have decided to keep it in the home. This article will only deal with fire / data safes suitable for residential purposes. Business fire / data safes may have more features, are larger and often to big for the home. Once you are familiar with the features of the fire safe and your own individual requirements it is best to contact a fire / data safe supplier. The supplier should be able to answer your questions supplying more information on manufacturers differences and offering that supplier's knowledge.

A fire / data safe is different from a normal safe in that it has been specifically built and rated to withstand a certain temperature for a certain length of time. The fire / data safe will protect its contents as long as the fire remains within those ratings the safe was designed for.

Most of you will be storing paper or media items in the safe. Paper is damaged above 177C and media [Disks, CD's etc] above 52C. Fire safes that have the facility to keep media safe from damage are generally called fire data safes or data safes. A fire data safe will also be designed to keep the inside of the safe below 85% humidity, keeping moisture out.

For a standard home inventory a fire / data safe with a inside capacity to hold A4 documents is what you will require. Most fire / data safes are listed with this A4 feature.

Ratings.
  • Fire safes are tested and rated in respect of their performance in the event of a fire. A fire safe will have an hour / temperature rating. This is the temperature it can stand for that amount of time without the contents going above 177C and being damaged. A fire safe is not normally theft resistant.
  • Standard ratings are 30,60,90,120,180 minutes @ an external temperature of 1000C.
  • Where you wish to add home inventory CD's a fire data safe is a better choice. A fire data safe will keep the inside of the safe below 52C & 85% humidity.
Features.

Other features to look for are:
  • Plastic trays.
  • Shelves.
  • Internal bolt protection.
  • Hinge protection.
Obviously the features you have on any particular fire safe will be comparable to the price of the fire / data safe. With a fire data safe other protection features that are offered are protection from liquids, magnetic interference, contamination, dust and smoke.

Size & Weight.

Fire / Data Safes will have the following details listed:
  • External Size.
  • Internal Size : Volume.
  • Weight.
Check the firesafe to make sure the internal & external dimensions are suitable for your requirements. You will need to store the home inventory, CD's and all necessary receipts and proof of purchase.

Type Of Fixture.

A decision will need to made on deciding where to locate the fire safe as your safe may be fitted in:
  • A cupboard.
  • The Wall.
  • The Floor.
[Professional installation may be required with wall and floor locations].

Standards.

All fire / data safes will be highlighted as being rated by one or more of the following parties:
  • UL – United Labs.
  • SP – Swedish Government.
  • KS – Korean Standard.
  • JIS – Japanese Industrial Standard.
Type Of Lock.

Fire / data safes come with one of the following types of lock:
  • Key [Flat, Tubular].
  • Combination Dial.
  • Digital Lock Electronic Keypad.
Other Questions To Ask Yourself.
  • Are you intending to keep cash in the safe?
  • What $ value or valuables are you choosing to protect?
  • Do you want the safe to be theft resistant?
If you wish the fire / data safe to be theft resistant then you will require a theft resistant fire / data safe. A professional installation may be needed.

Safe Suppliers.
  • Defiance : Chubb : Wormald : Sentry.
A Home Inventory Service business such as Aussie Home Inventories is able to offer its clients a variety of fire / data safes at the time of inventory creation, or direct them to a suitable safe installer.

Hopefully this article has answered those questions you initially had and made you aware of other issues that you need to be aware of before contemplating the purchase of a fire safe.


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