The SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof File is a good, basic unit without going overboard on size, complexity, and cost. It should hold as many documents as the average household needs to protect. This does not include photos since some people have many, many photos and photo albums; however, it will be adequate for the normal amount of legal documents, passports, vehicle titles, property deeds, etc. It will also accommodate letter-size hanging files. Although is has a key lock, this is not a safe to protect things from thieves. Although slightly heavy, and it has no handle, it is small enough for one person to carry off. Also, the plastic latching mechanism could probably be hammered loose easily. If you have things to protect from thieves, this is not for you. The only real negative that I have is that the latch is a little difficult to press closed and pull open. The amount of force required to snap the latch closed is estimated at 15-20 lbs., pressing with the palm of your hand - it does seal tightly. It will then require about 5 lbs. of force on the latch with your fingertips to open. As the instructions say, pressing down on the lid to partly compress the gasket helps a little to operate the latch. The latch operation seems to be getting easier the more I use it, however, so it could still fully meet my expectations. Since we have no snooping kids (or adults) in the household, we probably will not even lock it with the key. Rather than have a burglar carry it off, I would rather them be able to see that there's nothing of immediate value in it for them like cash, drugs or guns. For keeping household papers safe from fire/water, it will serve that purpose rather well at a very good cost compared to other units I researched.
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