Don’t Let A Fire Destroy Your Valuables – Use A Fireproof Safe
Chances are, you’ve spent a considerable amount of time, effort, and money to build up your collection of guns. It would be a real shame if a house fire destroyed them in a matter of minutes. If you have your guns stored in a closet or even a gun case, there will be literally nothing standing between them and the flames. House fires are so intense and fast that a room can be filled with flames within 2 or 3 minutes and the whole house can be destroyed in less than 15 minutes. When your house catches fire, the only thing you want is to get yourself and your loved ones out as quickly as possible – people who stop to try to retrieve valuables often lose their lives in doing so. Those who want to protect their guns, jewelry, insurance papers, deeds, wills, and other important documents from fire will want to do whatever they can to make sure that these are safe should a house fire occur.
A Fireproof Safe Is The Answer
When you are looking for a gun safe, you will also probably be looking for a place where you can store other important items. Most gun safes come with shelves so adding other valuables is easy. The reason why many gun safes are impregnable to fire is because they have been constructed with fire-resistant materials. While the outside of the safe will be steel plating, inside will be at least one layer of fire-proofing. This insulation can be gypsum boards (sheet rock), ceramic wool (this is used when firing porcelain in pottery kilns), or a dry concrete compound. Depending on what is used, and how thick the insulation is, the safe will be able to withstand temperatures of between 1,200 degrees F and 2,200 degrees F.
Most stand-alone gun safes will provide some measure of protection from fire, however, the same is not true of either wall safes or floor safe in general. Floor safes that are embedded in concrete are much more likely to provide fire protection than those that are installed between floor joists. While wall and floor safes will offer a good way to hide pistols, cash, and jewelry from sight, do not count on them to be of much value at saving their contents during a house fire.
Quality Fireproof Gun Safes
Once you have decided to purchase a gun safe, go with quality, experience, and reliability. A lower cost model may save you a bit of money in the short run, but replacing your guns after they have been incinerated in an inadequately protected safe will just be an expensive headache.
• The Sturdy Safe company uses a combination of insulating materials to provide excellent protection for the contents of your gun safe should a fire occur. Sturdy uses several inches of ceramic fire blanket to provide protection against damage to your guns. Ceramic fiber materials are the most heat resistant possible, and are able to continue to provide protection up to 2,300 degrees. Every part of these safes is lined, and using these ceramic blankets eliminates gaps where temperatures can rise. The Sturdy Safe 3627 accommodates 26 long guns and includes shelves for handguns and other valuables.
• Remington gun safes offer some of the best fireproof safes on the market. Their Premier Series is great for protecting your guns and other precious items that you store in the safe. Although the sides and top of the Premier Safe has 4 layers adding up to 5/8 inch of protection, the door actually has several inches of fireboard to keep the inside safe from temperatures of 1,200 degrees for 2 ½ hours.
• The Browning SP40 Sporter Series gun safe will not only provide security against theft for larger collections of long guns (this safe can hold 30 to 52 long guns), but also gives you first class fire protection as well. Most house fires will either be extinguished quickly or will burn themselves out in about 15 minutes or less; the 45 minute protective period for fires of 1,200 degrees F will save your guns and other important items from harm.