You don’t have to be an expert on depository safes or vaults, but there are a couple of important things that you need to know about them before you decide to own one for your home or for your business. That is, if you have your own reasons for needing to own one, like if there are valuables that you’d rather keep in your home or office than somewhere else. Some people would rather rent a safe-deposit box in the bank than buy safes.
If you’re actually looking for practical home safes right now, you might as well as consider choosing from the available TL-15 safes. Read on and find out why these safes are the best options around.
The first thing you need to know about safes is that all safes – whatever the size or configuration – are heavy devices. They are not easy to carry. You may be able to personally handle some of the smaller ones, but you’ll probably need moving equipment to get them from one part of the house to another. Home safes are specifically designed so that you couldn’t carry them. If you could, then burglars could easily carry them out of your house, with your prized possessions inside.
Those safes that can be carried are so configured that they need to be bolted on to the floor, or to part of the wall, in order to be safe. When you go to a safe-and-vault supplier to check out some safes, make sure you ask the store clerk whether their safes have this option for bolting down.
Safes are also rated and certified as to their ability to withstand any attempt by anyone other than their owner to open them or tamper with them. UL ratings – that stands for Underwriters Laboratories – are used to rate safes after they have undergone several torture tests like dropping them from a height of 15 to 30 feet, exposing to extreme heat and then suddenly cooling them down, and sometimes by subjecting them to explosions.
TL-15 safes are so-named because of these rating procedures. The TL stands for tool-resistant and the number 15 stands for the number of minutes it would take for a tool-carrying burglar to be able to open the safe. TL-15 safes are assumed to be capable of resisting any attempt by burglars to open them in 15 minutes. The other assumption here is that the burglars could use any tools they could lay their hands on, but they can’t open the safe until probably after 15 minutes. This will allow the owner or anyone else in the vicinity to be alerted that a burglary is taking place in the house. In some instances, this is also enough time for the police to arrive on the scene.
Other common ratings include TL-30, TL-60, plus combinations that tell you whether all sides of the safe are tool resistant, or torch-resistant – which uses the TR rating – or only the front side and the door are burglar-proof. Some safes can also be rated as TRTL, meaning torch- and tool-resistant, followed by the time element before discovery, plus a ‘X6’ label at the end which means all sides of the safe are torch- and tool-resistant. A complete rating, usually found at the back within the manufacturer’s specs, may read “TRTL30X6” which means the safe is torch- and tool-resistant within 30 minutes, and all sides – front, back, sides, top, and bottom – are protected.
TL-15 safes are the most preferred for home safes because they’re not too bulky, wouldn’t need a truck and a forklift to deliver to your house, and are generally affordable. And you can be sure they will protect your prized possessions and keep them safe within your home.