Homeowners needing a secure place to store papers jewelry and other valuables should look at the various features of a wall safe to afford themselves an accessible bin of security. In addition to hiding items from a burglar the possibility of fire or water damage should also be considered. The appropriate selection will yield a well founded sense of safekeeping.
An in wall safe is typically built of steel and designed to fit between wall studs. However an interior wall cavity is generally just 31/2″ deep so most safes have a somewhat shallow interior. Deeper sized safes are available but would necessarily have to be located in a wall near a closet or garage that would accommodate the backside. Most wall safes are often concealed behind framed artwork and have adjustable shelving.
A good wall safe has a thick drill proof door and may be opened with a key or by a combination lock. Safes are fire rated; they must protect everything within from excessive internal temperatures caused by a fire. The door and walls may contain insulation composed of ceramic fibers to provide this protection. Seals around the safe door may be engineered to swell if heated to guard against heat or water damage from fire suppression. The hinges and bolts must be able to endure the stress of excessive heat and boring by drills.
The protection capacities of a waterproof fireproof safe are rated from one to four hours by Underwriters Laboratories. As the higher fire rating increase so does the protection and the cost. However homeowners must also consider the burglar proof rating as well as the fire rating. The best choice for wall safes varies according to an individual’s needs however a wall safe with the right combination of factors is not hard to find. As an alternative to a safety deposit box at a bank a waterproof fireproof safe will meet the demands of most every homeowner.