Sandpoint, ID – -(AmmoLand.com)- In the modern world of today and increasing umber of people own guns and find them selves having to choose a quality fire proof gunsafe. More and more people are waking up to the realization that they are responsible for their own security and are purchasing firearms them for protection in their own homes. These same smart gun owners also know that with children about, guns need to be kept secure and out of reach. Not only should guns be kept secure from inexperienced hands and unapproved use, but they should also be kept safe from damage or destruction from such sources as fire, after all, they are a great long term investment as proven by the strong guns sales as recently discussed on AmmoLand.
A fire proof gunsafe is essential for any gun owner. Here are five questions to ask yourself before buying a gun safe.
1. How big a fire-proof gunsafe do I need?
First you have to consider what type of fire arms you have (hunting rifles, shotguns, pistols), and how many you will need to store in your safe. This will first help determine what size safe you need. Also, many safe companies offer a wide variety of interiors, so you can practically design your own. You can have gun stands and multiple shelves (fixed or roll out drawers) in different configurations to accommodate a variety of items. I try to look for gun safes that have an easy to customize interior like those made by V-Line Gun Safes. You can mix and match the interior features to hold what ever combination of guns you own.
2. Besides firearms, what other valuables do I want to store in my fire-proof gunsafe? Use this info to plan for additional space you may need to store Jewlery, Documents or cash and other valuables.
3. How much fire protection do I need?
Besides the safe’s size and inside configuration, the amount of fire proof protection you want in your fire proof gun safe can also be affected by the additional items in the safe. Paper documents chars at about 400°F, but digital media like computer discs, DVD’s, film negatives etc, will begin to melt at 140°F. So if you plan to store those items in your safe along with important documents and guns, you will need a safe with a higher fire protection rating. You will want a safe with a UL 125 rating, meaning that the internal safe temperature will not go above 125° F. If there is not media, but only your firearms and documents, a UL 350 rating will suffice.
4. How many hours of fire protection do I need?
Fireproof Gunsafes are rated for half, one, two and three hours of burn time. The average home fire burns for 15 – 30 minutes before being brought under control by the local fire department. So a one hour gun-safe is adequate for most house fires. You should also consider the flammability of your home’s building material. The size of your home and the distance your house is located from a fire department. A large home located 10 miles from town and is nestled in the woods with a shingle roof, will burn longer and hotter than a brick home located in a local down town residential neighborhood.
5. Do I need a high security lock?
The answer to this question may be related to the perceived value of the items from others that may be put in your safe, or perhaps you live in a high crime area. A Combination Lock Gunsafe is usually standard on a safe, but there are other options. Here are some of the types of locks you may come across while researching the best fire proof guns safe for you:
- Group 2 Combination Lock (standard)
- Group 1 Combination Lock (manipulation proof)
- Group 2 Combination Lock with Key Locking Dial
- Key Locking Handle
- Digital Combination Lock
A highly secure safe may be best, but may take longer to access. This could be bad if you need access to your guns quickly.
6. Where will the safe go in my home and will my house floor support the weight of the safe?
A large gun safe is heavy, so if your safe is not going on the first floor, you may want to consider having an engineer of home inspector come and make sure that your floor will support a weighty firearms safe. You may be O.K., or you may need to purchase a smaller fire proof gun safe than you originally intended.
Though there are many other considerations when purchasing a fire proof gun safe, this is a small list to get you started when you begin researching online for the best form of security to for your fire arms safe. Remmber that no gun safe is actually fire proof – they are only fire resistant!
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