Installing a safe

The best way to protect valuables from theft or damage in your home or business is to install a safe but it can be difficult to decide which safe you need. There's a wide range of options on the market with different grades, fire ratings and locking options which can all get a bit confusing. We've drawn up this step by step guide to help you find your ideal safe. 

Step 1 – Contents Value. 

Before you go looking at the different kinds of safes on offer, you need to decide what the value of your contents will be. Most safes come graded from 0 – 6, with the highest grade offering a cash rating of up to £150,000. To determine the amount of valuables that can be stored within the safe, you need to multiply its cash rating by 10 – for example a Grade 1 safe has a cash rating of £10,000 which means it can store up to £100,000 in valuables such as jewellery. 

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Step 2 – Sizing

The size of the safe you want to buy does not neccessarily reflects the cash cover of the safe itself. To establish the size of the safe you will need consider where it is going to be located and whether your valuables are going to fit. 

Step 3 – Locking Options

The correct locking option for your safe depends entirely on your personal choice and the level of security needed for your safe. If you are looking for a domestic safe to store a small amount of valuables, a key lock may be the most suitable. Whereas retailers who require multiple users may find the time delay features and audit functions that come with a digital lock will suit their users better than a key lock.

Overall, the advantages and disadvantages all locking options need to be considered. For example Keys can be misplaced or codes forgotten. For added security, you can also consider dual locking which involves fitting both a key lock and digital lock to the safe.

Additional Points to Consider

Fire Ratings – You may want to consider what fire rating you need depending on what you plan on storing within your safe. Fire ratings are used to determine how long a safe or cabinet can protect documents in the event of a fire. For example, a 60-minute fire rating on a safe should protect documents and data from damage for around 60 minutes – this will provide plenty of time for the fire to be extinguished. 

Optional Fixtures and Fittings - Your safe can be fitted with a wide range of internal fixtures and fittings such as:

  • Rotary deposits,
  • Deposit slots,
  • Lockable internal drawers.

To be able to place items inside the safe without having to open it, you should consider our deposit options. For certain areas of the safe to only be accessable to certain users, internal compartments and drawers would be an ideal solution. 

Already know the type of safe you need? View some of the safes we have on offer here. 

If you require further advice, a member of the Safes International team will be happy to talk you through your optionsor even survey your site. Simply call us on 0141 554 1170