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Gun Safes: 4 Frequently Asked Questions, Answered

One of the most important things to do when you purchase a firearm is to buy a gun safe. Approximately 72% of kids under the age of nine know where their parents keep their firearms and 89% of accidental shooting deaths involving children happen in the home. But buying the right gun safe for your firearm can be challenging when you're not sure where to start. To help you out, we've compiled the top four most frequently asked questions about gun safes and answered them here:

  1. What size gun safe do I need? The size of your gun safe depends on the firearms you intend to keep in the safe. For instance, handgun safes are small but effective if you're using them to house a handgun. But you'll want a long gun safe if you're planning on storing shotguns and larger firearms.
  2. Are all gun safes fireproof? A gun safe isn't fireproof unless it outright says it on the labeling. Many gun owners make the mistake of assuming their safe is automatically fireproof when that isn't the case. Look for fireproof gun safes that exceed 1,200 degrees. The risk of a house fire is greater than a break-in and so it's crucial to invest in a fireproof gun safe for your firearm.
  3. Do security safes provide the same kind of protection? Security gun safes are best for those who are more concerned with burglary attacks than an unexpected fire. Security safes are designed to go above and beyond the typical keycode-access security lock. They're heavy-duty and difficult to break into. We recommend looking at a minimum of a gun safe with an RSC (Residential Security Container) burglar rating. Not all gun safes are fireproof but most are.
  4. Should I invest in a vault safe? It's typically recommended to invest in a fireproof security gun safe that bolts to the floor. But if you own your home, you might be able to install a vault. You'll want a vault door that opens inward and the safe will need to be encased in at least 10 inches of concrete.

Have more questions about purchasing a gun safe?

Gun safes are vital when it comes to keeping you and your family safe. In fact, about one in three handguns is kept loaded and unlocked and most children in the home know where they're kept. This can be dangerous and life-threatening to your kids.   The Safe and Vault Store offers a wide variety of safes from laptop safes to gun safes. If you have questions about purchasing your own gun safe, contact Safe and Vault Store today.