Knowing the risks and the rules of safety, accidents do still happen. The same is through with knowing how safe your box is, but choosing the perfect lock after considering the circumstances that may happen could make your safe safer.
Generally, there are two types of locks, the digital and the mechanical. A mechanical lock needs a 3 number dial for the opening of the combination. In case the combination must be changed, a safe technician should be sought after.
In the case of digital locks, it has a push button dial which uses a series of numbers for it to be opened. This kind of lock is easier to use and allows the user to change the combination without the help of a safe technician.
There are things to consider when choosing the type of your lock, is the safe for commercial or for residential use?
The type of safe needed on a business depends on the value of what it would protect. Just keep in mind the UL rated safes are rated based on their performance. TL-15 safes for example are tool resistant for 15 minutes tested on its front face or door and are fire free safe. The tools used by UL to test this kind of safe are the common hand tools that can be bought over the counter of any construction sites or hardware stores.
On an average, TL-15 safes can contain up to $150,000 depending on the contents, insurer, location and types of security equipment in the location.
When it comes to locks, digital and mechanicals are of equivalent performance but consulting the sales staff for the best lock is better. In case you used a combination lock, the code must be changed whenever an employee leaves who had access to the safe.
After determining the type of safe, take into consideration the weight and size of the commercial safe, it must be delivered and installed only by trained crews.
In terms of safe service, once a year is enough and must be done only by certified safe technician.
The safe should be installed on a protective area and if in case it contains jewelries, the master bedroom may be considered.
Remember that not all safes are both burglary resistant and fire resistant at the same time. Not all burglary resistant safes are fireproof so always check on the label and ask the personnel attending to you if the safe you’re checking is also fire proof. Though, TL-15 safes are available either burglar resistant or both, asking the crews is still the best option for your security.
The same with a commercial safe, choosing a safe for home use must be determined based on the value it would contain. The more valuable the items are the higher burglary rating must be acquired. But if you’re worrying about fire incidents at home, a fire safe with at least 2 hours must be considered. TL-15 safes are fire proof tested on at least 2 hours of resistance to fire.
On deciding on the combination to be used, avoid obvious numbers like phone numbers, birth dates and addresses. It is better and safer to keep your combination in your memory rather than leaving it written.
In installing lightweight safes, though it could be set anywhere, the crews should still install and secure the safe for optimum protection. Consider the weight of the safe and its content when deciding to put the safe on the second floor. The strength of the walls or the floors of the second floor must be first undergoing a site survey. It is required for upstairs delivery.
For the case of your digital data or photographs, a fire proof safe cannot protect them. Instead, consider a data safe which would be better for digital data in vase of fire.
Lastly, the house insurance does not cover the contents of the safe. An additional insurance rider is required for the jewelries and other valuables stored in the safe.