People often think only of guns when you mention buying a safe, but remember: more things than just guns may be stored in them. Valuable documents such as birth certificates, marriage licenses, social security cards, and those old and irreplaceable family photographs can be stored there, too. Bottom line: if you have anything valuable that needs to be kept safe and out of unauthorized hands, a safe is what you need. If you have guns that need to be kept out of untrained hands not under your immediate supervision, then a safe is the only guaranteed way to ensure it. Do you need to secure them from your kids? What about from the friends of your kids? You may not always be able to be home when they are there. The corner of the closet may not be enough to keep them hidden or out of reach.
But, how big a safe do I need to buy and just how big does it have to be? From our easily concealable biometric single handgun safe to our massive 44-inch wide 56 gun capacity vault Bass Pro has just the safe to fit your needs. The associates in the hunting department will be glad to show you all that are available and help you to find one to fit your specific needs. Some of the larger ones have enough capacity to hold your present gun collection and even give you a bit of room to grow. Some also have on-door rifle and document storage as well as zippered pouches, which work great for holding and securing jewelry and other small but valuable items.
Do I really need a safe with fire protection? Most of us have more to worry about in the way of home break-ins and home invasions, which currently are on the rise, however, fires in the home are a huge source of concern. A safe will keep your guns and documents secure no matter the emergency, but it is not much help to return home to find your guns and documents still in the safe but now nothing but charred embers. Even though the contents are out of the direct fire, the temperature inside can rise to almost as high, and for as long as it takes to get the fire put out. Meanwhile, everything inside the safe suffers the full effect of the heat. It is a bit like the difference between having sun shades in your vehicle windows on a hot summer day and not having them: it may still be warm inside after using them, but it is only for a short period of time. So yes: get the fire protection. It is worth the extra cost.
Also, take this piece of advice that I hear over and over from customers coming in to buy a second safe: don’t buy one that is just big enough for your needs now because, like most gun owners, you will fill it up surprisingly quickly and find yourself in need of another one. Buy one big enough to allow a bit of growth. You will also soon be surprised at what you may find yourself choosing to put in it. What with a hurricane currently looming on the horizon of our Gulf, a safe may be just the bit of peace of mind that you may need. While they are not waterproof, many are sealed and so offer just that much more assurance that the things most precious to you will still be there when you return to your home, and in the same condition as when you left them.
A safe is always a good idea for the homeowner, and a safe with fire protection an even better idea. No matter what you choose to put into them, safes guarantee that what you put there will still be there when you return … and the family may be the safer for it, too.
Written by Paul H. Alburl, Hunting Associate