Like a lot of things with fire protection, there are a lot of variables to consider, but here are some questions to help you determine just how much protection you need:
• Do you live in a rural area where, if you're away, it might take hours before a home fire is discovered?
• Do you live in a older home that doesn't have the benefits of improved, flame retardant building materials?
• Is your home heated with a fireplace or wood burning stove?
• Does your home have a sprinkler system installed in the room your safe is going?
Remember that just because you live close to a fire station doesn't mean they will respond immediately. They need time to get the call, get to the house, put the fire out and cool things off. Also, the nearest fire department could be out on another alarm.
Something else to consider is a basic question of just how important the contents of your safe are to you. A $1000 rifle can be replaced, but your grandfather's service weapon from the war can't. Losing your automobile ownership papers would be a headache, but losing your parents' wedding photos can be devastating.
If you'd like some help determining the overall protection you need from a safe (not just the fire protection), consider using our online quiz, which can help you see what security level you should be looking at. Click here to take the quiz.