You own a gun or more.You have got a well built and secure gun safe after going through all the hard work of choosing one which fits well with all standards. What now? Is your gun safe now? Is it all you need or anything else to consider?
Yes, Choosing the correct location is just as important as choosing the right gun. There are things to consider after getting a good gun safe is choosing a good place to install your gun safe is equally important.
Placement of safe should involve the same amount of thinking as buying one needs. Good placement reduces the risks of burglary, fires, flood or any other calamity that can damage your gun safe and gun.
Risks vary according to the placement of gun safe. The most common risk is burglary. Natural disasters like flood, earthquakes, tsunamis or fires are not even considered a once in a lifetime risk but they may appear as a bigger risk if you are living in an area prone to natural disaster. For example, if you live in a place near to the sea , your priority should be placing a safe in a place which can withstand the flood.
Natural disasters like flood, earthquakes, tsunamis or fires are not even considered a once in a lifetime risk but they may appear as a bigger risk if you are living in an area prone to natural disaster. For example, if you live in a place near to the sea, your priority should be placing a safe in a place which can withstand the flood.
You should set your priorities on which risk you want to avoid the most. Setting priorities are important because placement good for avoiding one risk may not be good for avoiding other.
So, given below are some suggestions on how to decide the most appropriate location for your gun safe.
Make sure safe fits well in the location: Installation and initials
First and foremost thing to consider is whether your gun safe fits the location you have in mind. Now, it may sound like a simple thing but is very important because of many of times, people forget to take installation, leveling and anchoring etc into consideration. These steps take time and little space too. For example, if you have a floor safe you will need to place it on a slab and then bolt it. So make sure the safe fits the location well with all of the security measures and steps.
Take weight of the safe in consideration
Gun safes vary widely in weight. There are small safes which weigh 300 pounds and less and big safes which can weigh more than 3500 pounds. Now, if you are planning to have you’re safe embedded in the wall, a 4000-pound safe is really not a good option for it.
Also, if you have a light weighted or moderate weighted safe, say, around 1500 pounds or less, then you can place it on the second floor of your house. But if you own a heavy weighted safe, then it should be placed on the ground floor only.
Examine the risks and select priorities
There are certain risks which need to be examined thoroughly. Burglary, floods, humidity and extreme temperatures, fires etc. are some of the risks which need to be considered.
Placement of safe for burglary protection
Burglars generally approach bedrooms, living rooms, and offices first. Many people do place their safes in these places and burglars are aware of that. Placing your safe in sight of view is not a smart thing to do.
In order to avoid the risk of burglary, you should keep the safe in a hidden place. You can go to a hidden basement. A basement is considered a safer place than bedroom or office because it takes a lot of effort to pull off a burglary from a basement.
Placement of safe for fire protection
For protection from fire, makes sure to place a safe away from fuel sources or places where the fire is used. A gun safe should never be placed near to a kitchen or garage. This is because around these places risk of fire is very high.
Also, never place your gun safe on higher places or floors. During house fires, higher floors are likely to get hotter than lower ones.
Best location to place your gun safe for fire protection is to place it in a separate room or an extended corner away from kitchen or garage.
Placement of safe for flood protection
Never ever place your safe in the basement or lower floor if you live in an area prone to floods or near to a water source. As every survival guide states, if you want to survive a flood, go to a higher place. Same goes for a gun safe.
The best place for protecting a gun safe from the flood is to install it on a high floor.
Placement of safe for humidity and temperature protection
In tropical areas or areas near the equator, extreme temperatures and humidity can create huge problems. Gun safes should not be placed near fire sources. Gun safes also should not be placed on higher places or floors. Higher floors are more prone to extreme heat.
You should place your gun safe in a place where temperature and humidity can be controlled to a certain extent.
Examine the floor or wall
It is important to examine the floor or wall while placing a gun safe. A gun safe needs to be bolted to the floor or wall for higher security. You cannot place a 2000 pound gun safe on a thin wooden floor. Placing should be done after examining the floor‘s strength. In case you are planning to place your safe in the wall, wall’s strength needs to be examined. Thickness and material of the wall or floor should be taken into consideration.
A concrete floor is always better for placing a gun safe. Also, the floor should contain good material to provide protection against fire.
Make sure location is convenient
You should avoid placing your safe in a complicated place which leads to inconvenience. A gun or handgun is something you reach to in case of a sudden attack or burglary. So if you can’t even reach the gun safe when you need the gun the most, what’s the use of it?
Therefore, always make sure to place the gun safe in a place convenient to you. Also, take in consideration factors like electricity and light. Digital safes require electricity, so place your safe in a place where you can get electricity supply and light to set the sequence properly to open the safe.