You may be considering getting a safe installed in your home to protect your important documents and other valuable items. While a safe-deposit box at the bank is usually the most secure place for rare and valuable items, a home safe can provide some security to homeowners.
There are many different safes to consider and many options you will have to decide between before you purchase and install a new safe. One of the first things you will have to consider as you look at safes is to decide how big your safe needs to be. The simplest way to do this is to collect all the things you would like to put in the safe together and measure the size of the stack.
You will also have to decide what kind of protection you want to provide to the items in your safe. Fire is obviously one of the major concerns. What are you planning on putting in the safe? Some safes will only keep the interior temperature under 350 degrees, which will be okay for papers, but would not work if you were going to store DVDs or other discs in the safe. Resistance to water is another consideration.
Another common reason for purchasing safes is to foil burglary. If this is a concern, you will want to think about how secure you want the safe to be. They are usually rated by how much they can withstand manipulation with tools. You can also purchase bolt-down kits to secure the safe in place to prevent it from being removed. With so many things to consider, it is a good idea to discuss your new home safe with a professional locksmith before making any purchases.