Experiencing a fire that affects your house is a frightening, sickening and very upsetting experience. It is very important to know what to do to protect yourself and others from any possibility of harm.
Consider investing in a fire-resistant home safe. Most home safes are designed to protect their contents from fire. Fire is the number one concern of most buyers because, during an average lifetime, there’s a one in four chance of experiencing a household fire. The fire resistant safe is designed to give your valuables protection in case of a fire.
Placement of the safe in a part of the house that is less vulnerable to fire damage will help. Surrounding the safe with a simple fireproof structure will also increase the amount of time that a safe can resist high temperatures. One of the safest places for a fireproof safe is embedded in the concrete wall of a basement while a poor location would be anywhere in the upper structure of a building.
Success varies with the type of materials stored inside the safe since different items suffer damage at different temperatures. Consequently, 30 minutes of protection is most common for home safes, although you can also find safes that offer one or more hours’ worth.
Home safes designed for documents need their interiors to stay under 350 degrees, while home safes are designed to hold digital media are rated to stand up to stricter guidelines and need a much lower temperature to survive a fire. They are made of thick, fire resistant material that is designed to keep the interior as cool as possible during a burn, but don’t usually offer much protection in the case of theft.