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When it comes to security, it’s always a good idea to invest in new ways to protect yourself and your belongings. At Sure-Fit Security, we’re all about offering options to protect the valuables in your home or office. One way we accomplish this is by providing a selection of safes available for your home or office. Protecting your important documents or belongings in a safe offers an extra level of peace of mind, but what type of safe is the right one for you?

There’s no one size fits all solution when it comes to asset protection, but when it comes to choosing a safe you need to consider whether you’re looking for one that’s burglar-resistant or fire-resistant. There are many factors to decide which is the best option, such as contacting your insurance provider to see what type of savings might be in the policy’s premium, but if you have burglar-resistant home security (i.e., a good deadbolt lock and positive action sliding locks installed at your entry points) then you might want to invest in a fire-resistant safe.

You may be wondering, “what makes a safe classified as ‘fire resistant’?” The answer is in the w ay the safe was built. No matter their purpose, all safes must meet a certain standard of protection. Fire-resistant safes, however, are designed with a hollow sheet metal casing which is filled with fire-resistive insulation. This is then tested for performance inside an oven to determine how it does at certain temperatures.

Before you purchase a safe, be sure to look at reports completed by independent laboratories to ensure you’re getting the right kind of protection. You should also take into account what you’re planning to protect. For example, paper documents and records will get the most benefit out of a fire-resistant safe, but other items such as discs and photo negatives, may not be as secure. There are safes made specifically for media protection, but if you’re planning to store something with no financial value, then you might be better off investing in a standard cabinet.

Another factor is the age of the safe. For example, if you have recently invested in a fire-resistant safe to protect your documents then you’re good to go, but if you have one that’s decades old, you should consider upgrading. An old tin box with a lock on it clearly won’t add much protection, but even old safes that had been advertised as fire-resistant may have deteriorated over time and no longer offer any type of fire protection.

Now that you have this information in hand, it’s time to purchase your new safe. Large or small, business or personal use, those in the Silver Spring area can turn to Sure-Fit Security to get help purchasing and installing the right fire resistant safe for their property. Give Sure-Fit Security a call at (301) 585-4595 and learn how our team can work with you to make your home or business safer. http://www.surefitsecurity.com/

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