Don’t Get Burned when buying fireproof safe….

Below is a great article on cheap fireproof safes.  Long after the savings of cheap quality and cheap workmanship…..the disaster of your stuff will wear on….. 

Fires can destroy lives, home and all your most valuable possessions. So it’s important to protect them. But what you may think is “safe” could be anything but! 7’s Sorboni Banerjee puts portable safes to the fire test so you “Don’t Get Burned.”

It happened in a flash… from sunshine to thunderclouds.  Before the family knew it, lightening struck their house.  A fierce fire ignited.

Mike Saraceno, fire victim
“It burnt basically all of upstairs and through the roof.”

The Saraceno family lost a lot. But the things they’d put in that safe were safe.

Mike Saraceno, fire victim
“I would have lost all that stuff.”

But 7News found that not all safes are the same when it comes to protecting your valuables in a fire. We chose three different styles and put them to the test.

The first safe is fire retardant, which means it’s resistant to catching fire. It sells for about twenty dollars. The second safe is labeled fireproof. That means it should never catch fire. This safe cost 26 dollars. And our third safe advertises it’s both fireproof and waterproof.. It’s our most expensive, at over 40 dollars.

We’re putting the same exact things in each of the safes; money, pictures inside an airtight container, DVDs, important documents, and then locking them up.

With the help of the Springfield Fire Department, we place the safes in a specially designed room and light a fire.

The room is about 1500 degrees and we have our safes on the floor though so it should be a bit cooler.

Sorboni Banerjee, 7News
“In a real house it would be even worse?”

Captain Mike Richard, Springfield Fire Department
“Yes, it would be definitely worse.”

About ten minutes later, firefighters douse the flames.

The first safe, the fire retardant one, looks like it held up ok on the outside. But inside, the contents tell a different story.

Sorboni Banerjee, 7News
“Everything is really, really wet.”

The second safe, the fireproof one shows signs of melting.

Sorboni Banerjee, 7News 
“This one is a little less damp, important documents, pictures, money is good, DVDs and other papers are pretty soggy, but not burnt.”

The third safe, which is supposed to protect valuables from fire and water, melted shut. But it’s what’s inside that matters.

Sorboni Banerjee, 7News
“Everything in the big black safe is completely dry.”

Fire experts say for maximum protection, the best bet is a fireproof and waterproof safe.

Captain Mike Richard, Springfield Fire Department
“The water can do as much damage as fire can.”

And it’s important where you put your safe.

Captain Mike Richard, Springfield Fire Department 
“The best place to put any valuables is as close to the floor as possible as long as they’re waterproof.”

For the Saraceno’s, their safe proved to be a saving grace.

Captain Mike Richard, Springfield Fire Department
“It’s a very minimal expense to give you a little piece of mind.”

And now they encourage other families to get the proper protection so you “Don’t Get Burned.”

Cobalt Safe EM-030

Cobalt Safes model EM-030 fireproof home safe is favorite size of mine though not the most popular of this series.  It has a relatively convient weight in that it is easy to move for a home safe and yet large enough to hold the typical household paperwork.  Such as passport, wills, deeds, trusts, etc.  If you are a pack rat though you may wish to consider a larger model.  1 hour fireproof safe protection.  Good protection from a “sticky finger” thief and pry bar resistant…… you know I just looked at the picture again and it looks like the Em-015 but know that this picture doesn’t seem to do it justice in regards to the size.  Its good one and you will not be sad you purcased the EM-o30 from Cobalt safes.  To see one or purchase one see the EM-030

  • 1 hour fireproof
  • Pre-drilled anchor hole
  • (2) 6 number digital lock
  • (1) black plastic pull-out tray
  • 1 1/2? wall thickness
  • 2 1/2?door thickness
  • (2) 5/8” solid steel chrome plated bolts
  • (1) stationary hinge side bolt
  • (4) AA external batteries
  • Non-volatile memory

Fire Fyter Fireproof Home Safe

Friday, August 15th, 2008

Still waiting to hear more about Fire Fyter’s fireproof home safe manufacturing move to China.  Supplies are still coming from here in Ohio.   But they are starting to sell out of models and most are marking them sold out in thier stores.

We wait with anticipation for to see the upcoming quality.

Cobalt Safes model EM-016 1 hour fireproof Safe

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

 Cobalt Safes model EM-016 1 hour fireproof Safe.  Is designed the exact same as the SM-016 1 hour fireproof safe.  Except it has a keypad on it.  You will notice on the left is the turn handle to pull back the bolts.  On the right side of the keypad is the battery compartment.  It holds 4 AA size batteries.  Also has a non volatile memory.  Which means if you remove the batteries and then put them back in, you had better remember the combo because the keypad will!  Great theft deterant.

Excellant value for protection against theft and fire.  Be sure to bolt it down to your floor so it will not be carried away or leave the through bolt hole exposed.  Below is some good information on it or you can follow here to for more. EM-016

EM-016
Outside Dimensions
Height: 15 3/8?
Width: 11 5/8?
Depth: 12 5/8?
Inside Dimensions
Height: 12 1/4?
Width: 8 1/2?
Depth: 8 1/2?
Weight
54 lbs.
  • 1 hour fireproof
  • Pre-drilled anchor hole
  • (2) 6 number digital lock
  • (1) steel shelf
  • 1 1/2? wall thickness
  • 2 1/2?door thickness
  • (2) 5/8? solid steel chrome plated bolts
  • (1) stationary hinge side bolt
  • (4) AA external batteries
  • Non-volatile memory

Cobalt Safes EM-015 Electronic Fireproof Safe

Saturday, August 9th, 2008

Cobalt Safes model EM-015 is the same safe as the SM-015 but with an electronic keypad instead of a dial.  It does have a hole in the bottom of the safe and is designed to be bolted to the floor.  Yes, it comes with the bolt down package.  Remember, if its not bolted down.  Its not very fireproof! See the specs below.  Very good quality especially for the money.

Outside Dimensions
Height: 11 3/4?
Width: 15 5/8?
Depth: 12 5/8?
Inside Dimensions
Height: 8 1/2?
Width: 12 1/4?
Depth: 8 1/2?
Weight
54 lbs.
  • 1 hour fireproof
  • Pre-drilled anchor hole
  • (2) 6 number digital lock
  • (1) steel shelf
  • 1 1/2? wall thickness
  • 2 1/2?door thickness
  • (2) 5/8? solid steel chrome plated bolts
  • (1) stationary hinge side bolt
  • (4) AA external batteries
  • Non-volatile memory

Fire Fyter Safes

Monday, August 4th, 2008

Sad news hit me last week regarding Fire Fyter Safes.  They are shutting down their manufacturing facility here in the USA.  Ohio will be a little worse off as unemployment will rise.  Fire Fyter is shutting down its products and starting to import the safes from China!

So they are going from making a high quality product made by American hands to importing a Chinese knock off.  We will have to wait and see if they can maintain quality standards.  I’m a bit depressed about this because Fire Fyter safes were in high demand.  Quality was there.  Why move it over seas?  They were the last low end, affordable, made in the USA safe.

Time will tell and I will let you know the quality results as they come in.

Cobalt Safe SS-031D Fireproof Safe

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Cobalt Safe model SS-031D. Is the most  popular in the line up of Fireproof Home Safes.  Its also the largest.  Why is it so popular? I’m not 100% sure.  But the comments I get on it range from “Most size for money”, “Pull out drawer and adjustable shelf”, “Its big but its not too cumbersome”.

I will say this, the picture is a fairly acurate picture of the safe except you can’t see the black pull out tray that is also included.  You can see the adjustable shelf with the door open.  You also get a good view of the bolts on the door opening side.  However, there are also fixed bolts on the hinge side to add support and strength against crow bar attacks.  Though its primary purpose is not strength against burglary but it is strength against fire!  A solid 1 hour fire rating. 

The Cobalt Safe SS-031D is steel lined hole in the bottom of the safe to bolt down to your foundation to keep the safe from being carried off.  It is important to note that when you buy a safe you are buying “Time” time against fire and time against theft.  If you live in a high crime area and you want to keep 50k of cash and jewelry in this safe, then this is not the safe for you.  This safe is made it hold important papers, some cash, some jewelry, a pistol or other medium size items.  It will hold up against a prybar attack in that it would be classified as “resistant” but not for an extended period.  You will notice I like to “under sell” most safes.  Which means I’m not going to push a safe like some kind of late night infomercial selling Ginsu Chopping Knives!  But hopefully give you as realistic picture of the safe and its intended purpose. 

That being said this is an excellant Fire safe to protect against fire and protect against “light” theft or sticky fingers as I like to say. Go here to see a model SS-031D or the rest of the fireproof home safes.

Fireproof Home Safe SM-030 by Cobalt

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

Fireproof Home Safe model SM-030 by Cobalt is the same safe as the model SM-020 only its put on its side and the hinges are are now on a different side.  Still uses the key to pull back the bolts after the combination has been dialed open. Don’t loose the keys.  I have also noticed some people leaving the safe dial in the dialed open position and only using the key to get in and out.  Though this can be done its not good to not relock the safe with the dial. 

There is also a handy pull out platic tray on this model and comes with a bolt down kit.?

Cobalt Sm-020 Fireproof Home Safe

Friday, July 25th, 2008

 This is a picture of the Cobalt SM-020.  One hour fireproof safe.  Comes with a steel lined predrilled hole in the center and mounting hardware.  Dial lock is secure but it is not a Group II lock.  You will not be able to change the combination on this lock easily like a Group II.  Though it can be changed by a locksmith but not set to any specific group of numbers.  It just comes up random because the way the safe is designed.

You will also notice it comes with a key and no handle.  This is because the key acts as a handle and adds an extra security measure to the safe.  Security aim is to keep sticky fingers off your schtuff!  It will hold up to a small tool attack but that is not its main purpose. Fireproof and stopping sticky fingers is.

Fireproof Home Safe model SM-016 from Cobalt

Friday, July 11th, 2008

 

Fireproof Home Safe SM-016

Fireproof Home Safe model SM-016 is from Cobalt Safes.  You will also find this safe under a variety of manufactures. Such as Gardall Safes and Adesco.  However, you will notice that we have them at a much more affordable price.  You will also notice a different selection of paints on each brand because they all have a contract with the manufacturer to paint it in their colors. 

Its important to point out that this is the same safe as the SM-016.  Only its turned on its side and made to open up a different way.  But other than that it has the same dimensions.

Which ever manufacturer you purchase this safe from you will be getting a great quality Fireproof Home Safe.  Factory tested for 1 hour with bolt down hole in the center.  It even comes with the bolt to bolt it down.  VERY easy to do.  I have included a paper on our website that teaches how I do it.  

I get a lot of questions about burglary resistant.   Well, its designed to keep out “sticky fingers” (sticky fingers are people that would break in a safe but would help themselves if tempted)and it can hold up against small tools.  I would not qualify it as a high security safe.  Though it is well made.

You will notice that it comes with a dial or electronic keypad.  The dial is not a group II lock but it is a good one.  I have noticed that the dial works more like a locker lock that you may have had in high school.  I would suggest to elderly and impatient people to choose the keypad.  Its just easier to get in and out of….and if its easy, you will use it more.?

Fireproof Home Safe SM-015

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Fireproof Home Safe model SM-015 is from Cobalt.  You will also find this safe under several other manufactures. Such as Gardall Safes and Adesco.  However, you will notice that we have them at a much more affordable price.  You will also notice a different selection of paints on each brand. 

Which ever manufacturer you purchase this safe from you will be getting a great quality Fireproof Home Safe.  Factory tested for 1 hour with bolt down hole in the center.  It even comes with the bolt to bolt it down.  VERY easy to do.  I have included a paper on our website that teaches how I do it.  

I get a lot of questions about burglary resistant.   Well, its designed to keep out “sticky fingers” (sticky fingers are people that would break in a safe but would help themselves if tempted)and it can hold up against small tools.  I would not qualify it as a high security safe.  Though it is well made.

You will notice that it comes with a dial or electronic keypad.  The dial is not a group II lock but it is a good one.  I have noticed that the dial works more like a locker lock that you may have had in high school.  I would suggest to elderly and impatient people to choose the keypad.  Its just easier to get in and out of….and if its easy, you will use it more.?

Fire Fyter Fireproof Home Safe

Still waiting to hear more about Fire Fyter’s fireproof home safe manufacturing move to China.  Supplies are still coming from here in Ohio.   But they are starting to sell out of models and most are marking them sold out in thier stores.

We wait with anticipation for to see the upcoming quality.

Cobalt Safes EM-015 Electronic Fireproof Safe

Cobalt Safes model EM-015 is the same safe as the SM-015 but with an electronic keypad instead of a dial.  It does have a hole in the bottom of the safe and is designed to be bolted to the floor.  Yes, it comes with the bolt down package.  Remember, if its not bolted down.  Its not very fireproof! See the specs below.  Very good quality especially for the money.

Outside Dimensions
Height: 11 3/4″
Width: 15 5/8″
Depth: 12 5/8″
Inside Dimensions
Height: 8 1/2″
Width: 12 1/4″
Depth: 8 1/2″
Weight
54 lbs.
  • 1 hour fireproof
  • Pre-drilled anchor hole
  • (2) 6 number digital lock
  • (1) steel shelf
  • 1 1/2″ wall thickness
  • 2 1/2″door thickness
  • (2) 5/8″ solid steel chrome plated bolts
  • (1) stationary hinge side bolt
  • (4) AA external batteries
  • Non-volatile memory

Fireproof Home Safe SM-030 by Cobalt

 

Fireproof Home Safe model SM-030 by Cobalt is the same safe as the model SM-020 only its put on its side and the hinges are are now on a different side.  Still uses the key to pull back the bolts after the combination has been dialed open. Don’t loose the keys.  I have also noticed some people leaving the safe dial in the dialed open position and only using the key to get in and out.  Though this can be done its not good to not relock the safe with the dial.Â

There is also a handy pull out platic tray on this model and comes with a bolt down kit.Â

Cobalt Sm-020 Fireproof Home Safe

This is a picture of the Cobalt SM-020.   One hour fireproof safe.   Comes with a steel lined predrilled hole in the center and mounting hardware.   Dial lock is secure but it is not a Group II lock.   You will not be able to change the combination on this lock easily like a Group II.   Though it can be changed by a locksmith but not set to any specific group of numbers.   It just comes up random because the way the safe is designed.

You will also notice it comes with a key and no handle.   This is because the key acts as a handle and adds an extra security measure to the safe.   Security aim is to keep sticky fingers off your schtuff!   It will hold up to a small tool attack but that is not its main purpose. Fireproof and stopping sticky fingers is.

Fireproof Home Safe model SM-016 from Cobalt

 

Fireproof Home Safe SM-016

Fireproof Home Safe model SM-016 is from Cobalt Safes.  You will also find this safe under a variety of manufactures. Such as Gardall Safes and Adesco.  However, you will notice that we have them at a much more affordable price.  You will also notice a different selection of paints on each brand because they all have a contract with the manufacturer to paint it in their colors. 

Its important to point out that this is the same safe as the SM-016.  Only its turned on its side and made to open up a different way.  But other than that it has the same dimensions.

Which ever manufacturer you purchase this safe from you will be getting a great quality Fireproof Home Safe.  Factory tested for 1 hour with bolt down hole in the center.  It even comes with the bolt to bolt it down.  VERY easy to do.  I have included a paper on our website that teaches how I do it.  

I get a lot of questions about burglary resistant.   Well, its designed to keep out “sticky fingers” (sticky fingers are people that would break in a safe but would help themselves if tempted)and it can hold up against small tools.  I would not qualify it as a high security safe.  Though it is well made.

You will notice that it comes with a dial or electronic keypad.  The dial is not a group II lock but it is a good one.  I have noticed that the dial works more like a locker lock that you may have had in high school.  I would suggest to elderly and impatient people to choose the keypad.  Its just easier to get in and out of….and if its easy, you will use it more.?

Fireproof Home Safe SM-015

Fireproof Home Safe model SM-015 is from Cobalt.  You will also find this safe under several other manufactures. Such as Gardall Safes and Adesco.  However, you will notice that we have them at a much more affordable price.  You will also notice a different selection of paints on each brand. 

Which ever manufacturer you purchase this safe from you will be getting a great quality Fireproof Home Safe.  Factory tested for 1 hour with bolt down hole in the center.  It even comes with the bolt to bolt it down.  VERY easy to do.  I have included a paper on our website that teaches how I do it.  

I get a lot of questions about burglary resistant.   Well, its designed to keep out “sticky fingers” (sticky fingers are people that would break in a safe but would help themselves if tempted)and it can hold up against small tools.  I would not qualify it as a high security safe.  Though it is well made.

You will notice that it comes with a dial or electronic keypad.  The dial is not a group II lock but it is a good one.  I have noticed that the dial works more like a locker lock that you may have had in high school.  I would suggest to elderly and impatient people to choose the keypad.  Its just easier to get in and out of….and if its easy, you will use it more.