Fireproof Wall Safes For The Home – Finding Solutions

A Fireproof wall safe is something most people would really like until you start looking at costs.

A professionally installed safe built to withstand anything including an explosion like the one shown to the left would be great wouldn’t it?

but realistically unless you are rich a built in super safe is just not a possibility.

So what do you do, just give up on the idea and hope you will never need it?

I believe that fireproof safes are a good investment and that there are affordable solutions for your particular need.

Why would You Need a Fireproof Wall Safe?

It would be nice to go back in time to 50 years ago to an era where people left their doors open, left their keys in the care and didn’t worry about someone thefts is yours. People were more honest then, I think, or at least the thieves lived by a code of conduct. In any case we have to be realistic. Crime is everywhere.

  • Federal Government Statistics in from 2017 alone report that 21 people out of a 1000 are victimized by home burglaries. And 2017 was lower than previous years reported. Don’t know what 2018 will be like but home burglaries are a problem in today’s world. Add to this thought that seemingly low number does not include unreported burglaries.
  • According to safewise.com in 2018 a burglary took place every 18 seconds in the United States. That adds up to 4800 burglaries every day.
  • According to Nationwide Insurance “on average a home burglary results in a dollar loss of about $1,600”. No wonder so many people are reconsidering ways to protect their home and property.
  • Sure your home may never be burglarized but if it is you will just be one of the many who are victims of crime. And when you become a victim of theft you regret taking steps to protect the things that cannot be replaced.

Why wait to protect your important papers, policies, photos and valuables just because you don’t know where to go to get a fireproof safe?

Initially I really wanted a Fireproof wall safe

My thinking is that it would help you protect the things that cannot be replaced and the fact that a wall safe added extra protection because it would be installed in the wall keeping thieves from gaining access to it; unable to just pick it up and carry it a way with all your valuables.

But, any good fireproof safe can offer the same degree of protection as a wall safe for two reasons–

  1. Good quality Fireproof safes are built with an inner thermal material similar to concrete this with the added weight of a steel inner and outer wall that make them very heavy. That means most cannot be just carried away to bust open later.
  2. Good Quality safes are made so that you can bolt them to the floor or wall adding the same protection as a wall safe.

What Do You Need to Protect With a Fireproof Safe

Legal zoom has some great insight to what you must keep in a fireproof safe.

  1. “Current insurance policies”
  2. “Passports and original birth certificates”
  3. “A list of your family doctors” and prescriptions with all contact information.
  4. Digital copies of your family photos and hard drive backups for your computer. **Be aware that DVD’s and computer disks can not handle temperatures above 125 degrees F without melting so a fire safe may not protect them.**
  5. Safety deposit keys and important papers related to bank accounts, investments and retirement plans.
  6. Information on any debt includes loans, due dates and contact information.
  7. Original Social Security cards.
  8. A copy of your will and any important legal documents.

Other things that you can store in your safe – any valuables that you don’t normally use including firearms.

  • Firearms especially will cause you trouble if they are stolen and used in the act of a crime.
  • Even though you are a law-abiding firearms owner you can be charged in some states just for not storing it safely.
  • Who wants to think about something that they owned ruined someone else life. Protect it and safe yourself the grief.

Solutions – What Do You need to Look for in a Fireproof Safe.

Understanding Fire Ratings – A safe fire rating is its “ability to last through a fire and keep an internal temperature (inside the safe) of the industry standard of less than 350°” (deansafe.com). Safes are rated at 30, 60, 75, 90, and 120 minutes.

According to the Livesafe Foundation – “Most house fires burn at an average of 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit”. “Industry representatives indicate that in a house fire, a room will burn for about 20 minutes” (https://fire9prevention.wordpress.com/). So choose wisely when you decide which safe to purchase. Higher ratings = higher costs + better protection.

What size safe do you really need? A simple way to figure this out is to put everything you want to protect in a pile and measure it. Write down the height (Ht) width (W) and depth (D)This should give you an idea of how big your safe should be. Look for a safe that has at least the same dimensions as the items you want to protect.

Is the safe waterproof? Water is used to fight fires and they use a lot of it! Make sure that the safe you have chosen is waterproof. It would be terrible for your documents to survive the high temperatures of the fire only to be ruined with the water that they used to put out the fire.

What kind of security does the safe offer? This is important, you want the safe to be as burglar proof as possible. On the average most thieves spend less than 10 minutes in your home, they want to get in and out fast. And, the first place they go to search is typically the bedroom. The type of security your safe offers is just as important as its fire rating.

UL Rated RSC (Residential Security Container) Burglary Safes – These are safes that have passed UL testing that “resist at least 5 minutes of attack using tools such as: hammers, chisels, adjustable wrenches, pry bars, punches and screwdrivers.”

Why Not Use A Gun Safe To Protect Your Valuables?

There is a difference between a gun safe and a fireproof safe for your valuable. I didn’t know this at first but generally gun safes are not fireproofed.

Where fireproof rated burglary safes are made with steel inner and outer walls with a composite between, the typical gun safe is made with an outer steel shell lined on the inside with drywall, and no inner steel. “Drywall is a poor insulator compared to the poured-in composite” used in fireproof burglary safes.

Before you buy check out the diffences–

http://www.tomziemer.com/2015/08/fire-fireburglary-safes-vs-gun-safes-big-differences.html

The Safe House – The Safe House, has been in business for over 25 years. They sell safes and know all about what to look for in a safe and what to know before you purchase a safe. Check out their list of 10 things to know before buying a safe. It will give your great insight and help you make a quality decision before you buy.

https://www.nashvillesafehouse.com/faq/top-10-things-to-know-before-buying-a-safe/

Buying A Fireproof Safe is a Wise Decison

Sure I wanted a wall safe when I started investigating possible solutions. But in reality I just needed a good quality fireproof safe and a fireproof burglary safe is a worthwhile investment.

Before you make a buying decision–

  1. Figure out how what size you need. Then buy something just a little bigger.
  2. Shop around always making sure the safe you pick is fire rated for at least 1 hour.
  3. Make sure it is a waterproof safe – you wouldn’t want your contents to survive a fire only to be destroyed by the water used to put out the fire.
  4. Choose the type of lock you want that fits your particular need.
  5. Make sure it is a UL rated RSC burglary safe.

My Choice–

My needs are not that much and my money is not that much either so I shopped at Amazon yes they are my favorite choice.

My favorite is the Steelwater AMSWEL-530 2-Hour Fireproof Home and Document Safe.

  • It has the advantage of a 2-hour fire rating over the 1-hour minimum for best choice fire rating. (2 Hour fire rated at 1850°F)
  • It can be bolted to the wall for increased burglary protection.
  • It has a lifetime fire and burglary warranty from Steelwater, that includes a 1-year in home repair if needed.
  • It offers 0.99 cubic foot of storage on the inside – enough for me.
  • Plus the price will not break my bank.

It has been an interesting journey trying to find the perfect fireproof safe for my needs. Hope this article helps you in your search.

If you have any questions or input please ask and I will get back to you asap.

Thanks

Ray

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20 thoughts on “Fireproof Wall Safes For The Home – Finding Solutions”

  1. With the increasing rate of insecurity, having a fireproof safe for your valuables has really become necessary. More importantly, a fireproof safe, safeguards your documents against unforseen accidents, like a fire outbreak. 

    The Steelwater safe, seems like absolute value for money. I wouldn’t mind paying this amount to effectively secure myself in the occurrence of an unforseen circumstance. 

  2. Wonderful article, and excellent contents I must confess. This really did touch something about safes I have been wanting to read about. I knew some safes are fireproof but I never knew how to go about the reviews as those I read are not as detailed as this. Great work posting an article such as this. Keep up the good work. 

  3. I thank you for sharing your interesting journey with others so that we can gain from your experience and make an informed choice about the best fireproof safe for our needs. 

    My husband and I do have some things around the house that are valuable, as well as things that aren’t, but can never be replaced. I’ve often wished in the back of my mind that we had a safe we could put them in (as well as some of the documents you mentioned).

    I never really knew how to go about choosing the right safe but you’ve explained it very nicely, and listed all the things to consider. Thanks for making it easier than I ever thought it could be!

    Sue

  4. Thanks, Ray. I like this post, it is quite informative. Crime is indeed everywhere, and the bad guys and even babes won’t give you a clue when they would strike. You got to prepare. Sincerely everyone would need a good fireproof safe. The wall safe because of its huge cost might be out of reach of many. I have lost several documents and gadgets to theft, water, and even fire. if I had gotten a safe and kept them within, I’m sure I would have them. Would check the link you provided on Amazon. Thanks 

    • Glad to be of help. Amazon has a lot to help you find just what you need for a reasonable price.

      Thank you for stopping by and reading my post.

      Ray

  5. Good evening Ray,

    When I added a new part to the existing house I got a build in safe in my wardrobe. The house is completely made of thick stones and cement so the total is very well done. To hack it out would take probably too long for any normal burglar. At that time I did not think about fireproof or also waterproof.

    Reading your post I understand there is room for improvement. As I hopefully will build one more house in my life I will certainly take care to have a bigger one. You list of what one should keep in a safe has opened my eyes. For sure it will be a water and fireproof safe. Thank you for all the tips.

    Regards, Taetske 

  6. Hi there, thanks for dropping this article on fireproofs wall safe for home, well, many people do think it’s actually not possible to get fireproof safe with a little amount they are selling this product of “AMSWD-360 2-Hour Fireproof Home and Document Safe”, I think with this your article they need to have a rethink and see that they actually get it even on Amazon with just about $359. This is more than just an article on fireproof but also a good information on protecting our important documents. Thanks once again 

  7. Wow. Before I read your article, I couldn’t think of anything that I would put in a fireproof safe because I never carry cash, and I thought all important information is saved on cloud. Your article made me realize that there are so many things that I need to protect from fire and theft such as passport, social security card, insurance policies and medical record. Let’s not forget old picture that can not be re-printed! I’m truly considering buying a fireproof safe. Thanks for an informational article!

  8. With the way crime is on the rise, I believe it’s time to start looking at safe. Your post got my attention on the wall safe that is fireproof.>>I never thought of buying a regular fireproof safe and bolting it to the wall or floor. I have tried to pick up a fireproof safe that was the size of a child chair, and I tell you they would be hard to carry away.>> I’m glad I read the whole post, I would have missed the part about heat and CDs.>>You have opened my mind on wall safes. Thank you for sharing. Who would you call to install a safe in your house?

    • Glad my post was helpful. And you are right about the weight and need for help to install.  Depending on where you live there are usually a safe store or two who let you see what your interested in and offer detailed help on buying the right one for your needs.  They will also offer delivery and installation help.

      Thanks again for your response.  Hope you find the right one for your needs.

      Ray

  9. Wow! The fireproof wall is a great innovation for the modern age. I really impress it. It is very necessary to build fireproof walls in densely populated areas. The government should make compulsory to use of this technology in the office and factory. As a result, hundreds of people will not die in the fire. it is a useful idea for us. Thank You for sharing.

  10. It is true that fire proof could be expensive but I think it is worth the expenses. It is a wise investment to protect my valuables, most especially the things I can not afford to loose. You have actually added to my knowledge and I have learnt that there are fireproof which are also water proof. I never knew that there is any fire proof with a high water resistance.That’s a great quality if I get a good one. It’s quality of also having an inner thermal material is a great one. I will need a very big one which can contain all my family documents.

    • Thanks for your response and comments. Definitely look for one with at least a 1-hour fire protection and waterproofing.  There are a lot of various sizes on Amazon it is amazing what you can find there.  You can also check out any local businesses that have safes on site for you to purchase.  Plus they usually provide for delivery, quality safes are very heavy.

      Thanks again for stopping by and reading my post.

      Ray

  11. Fire proof wall safe is essential in homes for the safety of some irreplaceable documents or cash. The review you posted 

    Is highly appreciated and helpful. A close friend of mine some years back lost all his credentials to fire in his home. It was a sad experience as he could not get them back. I agree with you that fire wall safe is important if not for anything but for irreplaceable and valuable items like cash, passport, property documents and the likes. I am sharing this article with my friends too. Weldone!

  12. Awesome article! Been thinking of buying one. Just would like to add that one should consider different spots in placing the safe. Since the master bedroom tends to be the first stop for thieves, it might not be the ideal site for the safe. On fire-protection viewpoint, the basement could be a better spot as there’s usually less down there to burn. But if your home is located in a flood-prone area, the safe might be at greater risk in the basement.

    • Thanks for you input. Thank you for visiting my site.  You are right on target with finding the right place to place a safe, we often think the bedroom is a great place but it is usually the first place a thief will look.

      Thanks for your time and hope you are able to find just what you need.

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