by Stephen Lilley
A fireproof safe should be a mandatory purchase for any home or apartment. In addition to being used as a security safe with a combination lock for storing documents and other things you wish to secure, a fireproof safe can also keep these valuables protected in the unfortunate event of a fire. It is important to know that not all fireproof safes are created equal and to consider a few things to ensure you're getting the safe that meets your specific needs.
Consider whether you need a fireproof safe for storing documents or storing computer devices. What many don't realize is that if you plan on storing things such as CDs, DVDs or computer hard drives in your security safe, you need a specialized model. All fireproof safes will work well for storing important documents, such as receipts and tax information, but only specialized safes will protect your important computer equipment during a fire.
Look at the fire rating for each safe you are considering. This rating specifically correlates to the effectiveness of the product. For example, if you're buying a safe to store computer equipment, you need one with at least a rating of 125. This means that the temperature inside of the safe will never get above 125 degrees.
Consider the area in which you are putting your safe. Fireproof safes can be quite heavy depending on the size, so you want to make sure you're putting it in a place where the floor won't collapse under the weight. Also consider that in the event of a fire, you don't want the safe in a place where things could collapse on it to the point where it becomes impossible to get to after the fire has been put out.
Determine your price range. You could spend $150 on a cheap fireproof safe or easily spend more than $1,000 on a more expensive model. Buying a cheap fireproof safe may save money, but remember that you'll be storing important documents and equipment that are irreplaceable. Ask yourself if saving money on the safe is worth potentially losing your important paperwork in the event of a fire.