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 love to keep their important items in home safes because they are likely to be protected against water, fire, and theft. When it comes to testing safes, Underwriters Laboratories and Intertek (using the ETL mark) are the independent organizations doing the quality testing.
Fire resistance is an important determining factor is a buyer’s decision when shopping a home safe. The UL and Intertek rate fire resistance qualities of safes based on the material, and duration of protection the material can offer. 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.
As compared to commercial safes, independent ratings for home safe burglary resistance are less common. Independent testers use torches, tools, and explosives when it comes to rating burglary protection. For example, a TL-15 rated safe means that it can withstand a 15-minute burglary attack using 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. Many water-resistant home safes are also considered as 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. While safes may not be the best place to store your diamond jewelry, bulk cash, and other high-value items, it is a less expensive option to store your documents such as birth certificates, estate-planning documents, life-insurance policies, savings bonds, stock certificates, and tax returns (for the last 7 years). Do you want to be knowledgeable and skilled when buying safes? We will help you out, come and check the homepage and website of Barry Bros Safes for more information. Get an expert’s advice on maintenance and safekeeping practices.