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  1. FIRST ALERT - 2092DF - FIRE SAFE W DIGITAL LOCK

    FIRST ALERT - 2092DF - FIRE SAFE W DIGITAL LOCK

    • Best for homes and offices for protecting valuables, office documents and electronic media
    • Enjoy ample space for the storage of several of your valuables, including files, jewelry, documents, cash, electronic media, etc.
    • Safeguard your valuables from the high external temperatures in an inferno
    • Maintain a favorable internal temperature of less than 350°, so your contents remain undamaged
    • Protect your contents from coming into contact with water with this waterproof safe
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    Our Price 360.99

    Retail Price: $399.95

What to Look For in a Safe: Your Buying Guide

 If you find yourself in the market for a new safe for your home or office, you certainly aren't without your lack of options. When people think of safes, they often call to mind images of massive tomb-like structures that you might find in an already-secure location like a bank. While this isn't too far off from the truth, most modern day safes designed for consumer use are as compact as you hope they would be and every bit as secure at the exact same time.

As you begin your shopping journey, the first decision you'll have to make comes down to the specific lock type you're going to go with. There are a few mean variations to choose from:

  • Keyed locks are typically the most common type of safe out there and, as an extension, are the easiest to use. You don't have to worry about remembering a combination or PIN — you just have to make sure you never lose that key.
  • Combination lock safes open and close with a specific number combination, usually three digits.
  • Electronic and/or keypad locks are like combination locks, although they take things to the next level protection-wise. Here, you'll be able to program a password that can be anywhere from one to eight digits depending on your preferences. Likewise, some electronic locks also let you use letters and special characters.

Safes usually come in small, medium, large and extra-large sizes, and you can expect the price of your own safe to increase accordingly. This is a decision that is entirely up to you to make — a small safe is not inherently "worse" or "less protected" than an extra-large one. This is a choice you must make depending on exactly what you're trying to protect. Small items like passports or cash can easily go in a small safe, whereas extra-large safes might be good for collectibles or other larger items.

As an aside, however, if you're planning on using your safe to store firearms you should probably invest in an actual gun safe designed for that purpose. These safes often include racks and other additional features designed to safely store various types of firearms to keep them away from people who shouldn't have authorized access to them. Some gun safes also include additional compartments so that you can keep your ammunition separate from the guns themselves.

While you can certainly get by on storing firearms in a standard extra-large safe, this is one of those situations where you really want to invest in a solution that is designed with that express purpose in mind.

Features to Look for in Your Next Safe

By far, the most important feature that you should look for in a safe is and will always be fire resistance. Remember that your safe isn't just supposed to keep your valuables protected in the event of a break-in — it's supposed to keep them protected 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. According to the National Fire Protection Association, there is a one-in-four chance of an average homeowner suffering from a fire that is large enough to require calling in the fire department. That means that your chances of getting hit with a fire are actually more likely than suffering a burglary, although that may obviously vary a bit depending on where you live.

In any event, make fire resistance a top priority. For the best results, look for a safe that is rated to where it will not exceed 150 degrees on the inside — regardless of how hot it gets on the outside. This is especially true if you're planning on storing paper, DVDs, old photographs or other important documents that burn easily. Likewise, make sure that your safe is rated for at least 30 minutes of fire protection at these temperatures. You can get one that will last longer, certainly — but the cost will also go up as a result.

Another one of the major features that you'll want to look for in a safe is also among the most important: burglary resistance. When the burglary resistance of your average safe is determined, a series of independent testers essentially try to break into it themselves. Each safe is then given a rating based on how well it withstood that type of pressure. If your safe were rated TL-15, to use just one example, that equates to a safe that can withstand A) an attack of at least 15 minutes in duration, with B) commonly available tools such as those burglars are most likely to have.

Other Considerations to Make Before Purchasing

Finally, there are a number of other important features that you'll want to consider before choosing any particular safe to go with. In addition to the size of the safe, as far as storage capacity is concerned (which will obviously vary depending on whatever it is that you're trying to protect), another one of the major factors you'll want to pay attention to has to do with weight.

In terms of safe protection, weight is something of a double-edged sword. Obviously heavier safes will be less likely to get stolen wholesale, but once you get up into the realm of 500 pounds or more you're also very limited to where in your home you can actually store it. If you've got a basement that can withstand that type of pressure for an indefinite period of time, as well as the money in your budget to purchase a giant safe, that would obviously be the way to go.

If you go for a smaller safe — say, something that offers about 1.5 cubic feet of storage space and that weighs about 100 pounds before anything has been added to it — make sure that it also either comes with a "bolt down" kit, or that you invest in one separately. As the name suggests, this is a kit of specific tools that essentially anchor your safe down to the floor — thus making it less likely that a thief will just steal the entire safe and worry about how they're going to break into it later.