Safes for Home and Office

Every home should have a safe in their home that is fire, water, kid and burglar safe. You can also utilize a safety deposit box at your bank for your valuables, property papers, passports, back up files, or any other types of document you need to store in a safe place. However, if you are too far from the bank to get there in a hurry or the bank is closed, it is important to have a locking safe at home or in the office.

 

Using both types of safes, home and in-bank, will give you double piece of mind in case of a disaster that destroys your home.

 

Different Types of Safes

 

  • A fire safe protects documents in case of fire or other natural disasters. Secure wills, birth certificates, auto and mortgage titles, cash and handguns in your safe. Add convenience with a home safe. Your valuables are still close at hand.
  • A burglar safe is much more secure than the average fire safe. Both types of safes have a particular gauge of steel, locking systems and other security features.
  • A standalone safe locks security with any combination dial, electronic keypad or key. These are usually larger safes and take up a great deal of room in our home or office.
  • Install a floor safe in a concrete floor. The door is removable, but the body of the safe is permanent and cannot be moved. Floor safes are usually hidden and out of sight. A hidden floor save adds another level of security.
  • Wall safes are great for hiding documents, cash and valuable. You simply have them installed in an inconspicuous wall. Wall safes usually offer very little or no fire or water protection. Most wall safes need to fit building codes because of the weight, and they may be too small to store too many items.
  • Every home that has a gun needs a gun safe. If you have children in the house, you must get a safe. Gun safes are becoming more and more popular as storage areas for valuables, pictures, digital backups, media as well as guns. They offer great protection for valuable collections. Research gun safes in many different sizes, security levels, and fire-resistance ratings. They are usually heavy and may need to be store on a concrete floor in a basement.
  • Commercial safes are great for every business. There is always something of value that needs to be securely locked away in your office. Keep documents, media, cash, patents, employee information or just about any type of item that runs your business in a commercial safe. You can time your commercial safe into an alarms system or let it only open at certain times. Insurance companies require you have a safe in your office to protect insured items.

 

Let your safe be the place where you store your irreplaceable documents from fire and theft. Provide you and your family peace of mind when you are away. Keep your valuable possessions out of sight plus store anything of value in your safe.

Tips in Buying a Safe

It would be silly to assume that your prized possessions are 100% protected from fire, flood, or burglary once you pick the best-selling safe at the nearest home depot. Never fall for this false sense of security – be a discerning buyer by considering the following fool-proof tips in choosing the best safe for your home.

  1. Start by identifying which precious items you need to keep in the safe.

Do you need to store gold jewelry, guns, cash, documents or irreplaceable heirlooms? There are many options to handle these items securely. For instance, you may choose to store cash in drop safes, drop boxes, cash boxes, or personal safes. Browse from extensive safe options online and let functionality, security features, and preference guide your choice.

  1. Determine how much space you need to store your valuables.

If you intend to keep weapons, precious jewellery, and other hard-to-replace documents, you had better examine whether the safe’s size and interior (compartments, drawers, light, etc.) can store up all these valued belongings together or separately. Always settle for a safe that is bigger than you think you need. Decide what other essential features your home safe must have and come up with a checklist.

  1. Identify all the safe’s specifications that you require.

Free yourself from unavoidable remorse by spending some time evaluating the critical features you need in a home safe. Inspect the size and weight, construction and wall thickness, locking mechanisms – mechanical dial vs. digital locks, bolt operation and layout, fire protection, door seals , hinges – external and internal, interior layout, water and flood protection, as well as interior lighting of the safe before buying. A 60-minute serious evaluation will give you years or even lifetime of enjoyment of the purchase.

  1. Decide what type and degree of protection you need.

A safe wizard knew better than common buyers. Become one by securing a fire-proof, water-proof, and burglar-proof home safe. How many hours can your safe stand the flames? Will flooding take away all your hard-earned possessions? Are your personal treasures well-guarded from burglars by advanced electronic locking system and sturdy steel construction?

  1. Determine the placement of the safe in your home.

Think like a burglar or like water. Where are they likely to inflict damage? Take a tour around your house and select the best spots to hide your safe with your valuables. If you are not planning to move in a new house, the floor and wall are suitable installation spots. Some would suggest installing them as air vent, bedroom mirror, or book shelf. Some anxious home-owners even go as far as buying a decoy-safe with cheap jewellery to throw thieves off the scent.

  1. Consider different brands of safes before you buy.

Most people may not readily admit but we are ingrained to be brand-conscious when it comes to deciding on a purchase. Once a brand earned our loyalty, we usually stick with it. Make sure you don’t fall for this bias by checking out what other safe brands have to offer.

Cost should be the last thing on your mind. You want to ensure that you are investing on the right safe that secures not only your precious possessions but also your peace of mind – possibly for a lifetime. 

Things to Consider Before Buying Fireproof Safes

Having an insurance to cover for your losses should an unavoidable incident occurs in your home is probably a good idea. However, have you thought it through? Is every item in your house replaceable?

We all treasure some very special items in our houses that we may have received as gifts, or inherited from family. Such things cannot be replaced by insurance. The good news is that fire safety boxes are now easily available.

In the recent past, fireproof safes have seen a surge in sales.

Fireproof safes are not only meant for people, who have stacks of cash to protect. Such safes are designed to protect important documents, heirlooms, precious souvenirs and much more.

Most people do not foresee a fire mishap taking place in their houses. No one does, actually. However, it never hurts to stay safe. One must always adopt necessary measures to make arrangements for fire instances, should they ever happen.

Fireproof safes can be accessed whenever one wants. This implies that you can add items to the safe as and when you want.

There are some rules if you are thinking of investing in a fireproof safe. Here are some tips.

Check reviews – There are several fireproof safes available in the market these days. Even though some of them maybe branded and expensive, others are not what their packages promise. You can expect some less-popular companies making false promises. Fireproof safes must be bought from well-known companies. Do your own research regarding the brand and the specific model you are interested in buying.

Check specifications – Safes are manufactured keeping in mind a lot of technology standards and norms. Always make sure to check the specifications of the fireproof safe you want to buy. Do not buy the fact that a heavy safe is a secure safe. Check ratings of a safe before buying one.

Check if it tamper-proof – A good quality safe will come with additional armor against drilling. Poor quality safes can be tampered very easily with the help of hand tools. Strong safes must come with relockers that can ensure safety in case of a theft.

Network Socially, Share Carefully

All that hoopla about sharing information and checking in at fancy locations may have been fun, but have you thought it through? Are you adopting the basic security measures to secure your house when you are not around? Check this infographic that reveals the ugly side of using the appealing features on social networking sites.

Create A Fall-Free Environment For The Seniors At Your Home

Falling from heights often result in admissions in hospitals and in fatal cases, deaths. The elders in our society are prone to falls. It has been found out that one out of every three senior citizens suffer from fall-related injuries each year. As per records of 2012, over 1.6 million senior citizens had to undergo emergency treatments for injuries from falls.

There are several reasons why old people are prone to falls.

Diseases – Senior citizens are likely to be suffering from a lot of age-related diseases, like arthritis, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Such diseases result in weakness of the human body, impaired cognition, imbalance and poor grip. All these conditions can pose great risk when old people try walking down steps.

Hazards in the environment – The elderly people often experience falls due to hazardous atmosphere in a home, including loose carpets and rugs, poor lighting in a room and dearth of safety equipment.

Medications – Due to diseases, old people are almost always on strict medications, most of which are strong. Anti-depressants, anti-psychotic drugs and sedatives are amongst some of the strong medications that are used to treat elderly people. While, such medicines help them to survive, they also come with side effects like drowsing. Plus, with several medicines taken at the same time, an old person can be at a risk of feeling dizzy and prone to falling.

Operations – With age, bones become fragile. That is why elderly people are prone to breaking of bones. Hip surgeries and bone replacements are very common among aged people. After such surgeries, elderly people never really get back the complete grip on their bones.

Hazy vision – Age has a huge impact on vision. With impaired vision, old people often cannot see the obstructions in their way and result in a fatal fall.

Having seniors at home comes with a lot of responsibility, almost as much as having toddlers at home. Here are some useful tips to increase their security.

  • Install handrails, safety and grab bars around the house, including stairs and bath area.
  • Provide strong in risky areas, including stairwells.
  • Keep a check to ensure that there are no electrical wires trailing around the nooks and on the floor.

Implement Every Nook and Corner of Your House to Hide Away Your Valuables

An average burglar does not take more than 12 minutes to ransack a house and robbing away your valuables, as many as he can. While installing home security products is always recommended, implementing practical ideas is also useful. Concealing your valuable items in unpredictable spots in your house can leave at least some of your precious items unscathed, should there be a major intrusion in the security of your house.

Burglars always target the master bedroom to rob the most valuable things in your home. And, more often than not, they do succeed. Let’s face it. We all love storing our jewelry, liquid cash and other precious things in our bedrooms.

Then comes the living room. This space is often loaded with expensive electronic gadgets. So, clearly, the less prominent places for burglars include mudrooms, laundry room, kitchen and hallways.

Here are some tips on how you can store away your valuable items from intruders.

Wall Art

It does not take to be an artist to have some wall arts on our walls, does it? Every house has one or two wall paintings. You can use the spots where you hang paintings to conceal items. Consider making secret shelves behind paintings.

Old Vacuum Cleaner

If you have already gotten rid of your old, bulky vacuum cleaner, you can easily get one at a yard sale for a few bucks. You can use the large compartment as a safe.

Air vents

Some houses have air vent storage units running throughout the length of walls. Burglars will never think of searching the long vents for precious jewelry. Consider concealing your valuable items in these units.

Cans

Most of our daily items come in cans or jars. Instead of disposing the cans after using them, you can clean them and use them as compartments to safe-keep your small valuables. These days, you can also find locks and safes that resemble such jars and cans. They can come really handy in securing the things that are dear to you.

Closet Lights

We all are aware of the closet lights that help us search for small items in our closets. These lights can actually prove to be more useful rather than just providing light.

Acquaint Yourself With Neighborhood Watch Programs

Neighborhood Watch programs for tackling burglary have gained prominence in the recent past. A number of law enforcement agencies collaborated to raise awareness about preventive measures for burglaries. They are responsible for making Neighborhood Watch programs popular among common people. Such programs have encouraged people to show active dedication towards their neighbours in fighting burglary cases.

Neighborhood Watch plans require citizens to come forward and work together with police officials to gain success. Apart from high-end home security systems, these programs have proved to be extremely successful in reducing number of burglary cases.

The concept of a Neighborhood Watch program is to encourage every individual to keep a watch on others’ homes by being alert of the people visiting a locality. Such programs, by no means, mean that citizens of a community need to take over the law. The scheme is all about informing the police in case anyone notices any suspicious activities in their localities.

Such programs have been found useful in a number of ways, apart from preventing crime.

  • Enhanced and frequent communication with neighbors
  • Improved terms and relationships with neighbors and local police
  • A stronger sense of safety

Neighborhood Watch programs have proved to be effective since they successfully reduce the possibility of a crime. It is better to deter misdemeanors by keeping a watch rather than expecting that there will be a change in the criminal mind. Organizing such a program can help in reducing home burglaries to a great extent.

It is no rocket science to initiate a Neighborhood Watch in your locality. It is all about involving as many people into the plan as possible. One of you needs to take a stand and initiate the plan. You could consider assigning jobs to each member in your program. This would ensure participation of everyone. Since watch programs like these could go a long way in triggering intruders and suspicious activities taking place in a locality, it is very important to know your neighbours very well.

One of the major benefits of being involved in Neighborwood Watch programs is that you get to openly advertise about it on signs and posts outside your house. Intruders immediately take the hint and move away.