Fire Proof Gun Safe

Biomtric gun safes are not necessarily fire proof

What is a Fire Proof Gun Safe?
Fire proof gun safes are just that – safes designed to protect your gun (or other articles) from a fire. Fire proof gun safes are very similar to other safes but are built, specifically, to withstand fires.

Fire Proof Ratings
When looking for a fire proof gun safe, the fire rating is the most important thing to consider (or know) before buying a safe.

Fire proof safes are rated at how long the inside of a safe will remain below 350 F. The temperature outside the safe could be 1700 or 1800 degrees F but the inside of the safe would be 350 degrees or less. (This temperature is usually satisfactory for most articles – see below for more information on this)

The next part of the rating is how long the inside of the safe can maintain that 350 or lower temperature. Safes are rated to last 30 minutes, 1 hour, 1.5 hours or 2 two hours (maybe some longer).

In other words a 2 hour 350 rating would mean that the inside of the safe will be at a 350 or lower temperatures for 2 hours.

(Some safes have a 125 F rating. These are sometimes referred to as media safes because they are made to keep important papers safe)

The important thing to remember is that your gun fire safe has an UL Listed label showing that is has been officially tested to these UL standards.

Which should you get?

It depends. If you consider the extremes, if you live in a city, typically most house fires are extinguished in less than one hour. However, if you live in the country, a house fire may last longer than an hour.

Secondly, the higher the fire rating, the smaller the internal physical dimensions of your safe. Also, the price will be higher.

The bottom line is that only you can make that decision. You have to weigh your options and decide what you want to store in it and then make the choice.

If you are looking for a fire proof gun safe, you also need to look at the type of locking mechanism. These vary from keys to combination to electronic locks.

Lastly, when looking for a fire proof gun safe it is best to stick with the reputable manufacturers. The more reputable manufacturers use thicker steels and use actual fireboard (similar to linings of high temperature kilns or furnaces) instead of other cheaper grades of who knows what kind of fiber board.

If you follow this last recommendation you won’t be buying a safe at your local, big box store or home improvement store. Generally speaking these safes, sold at these places, simply are not as good as the type you really need.

Fire Proof Gun Safe Manufacturers
Reputable manufacturers of fire proof gun safes are Ft. Knox, Browning, Bighorn, Cannon and Sentry.

Simply put, before purchasing a safe, do a little research on the net and check out all the major players. Maybe you even have a local security or hunting/fishing outlet that carries some of the more reputable brands where you could visit and check out.

A safe is a major investment, so make a good choice now and you won’t be sorry later.

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