Wanted a safe to protect documents from fire & water. Documents like wills, deeds, titles, computer back-up drives, etc. Was not looking for something to store valuables. Company claims the safe will protect from fire & water. It might protect against fire but not so sure about water. The seal is just a cheap 1/4" adhesive backed foam strip, similar to cheap weatherstripping. The seal is not very well protected from heat. If the foam melts, the safe will not be water-proof. If you have a fire, there will be water. It is smaller than I pictured in my mind, even though I had the specs & sizes. Also did not think about legal size documents & papers, they will not fit without being folded. I put the safe in the basement in a spot that should be shielded the most from fire. Though, the basement will see the most water. I did not buy this for security. The safe is heavy, but a I was able to carry it into the basement and position myself. Could be stolen and taken by a decent size man. Bolting the safe down is an option but drilling holes through the shell will give a path for water to penetrate. Filling the holes with silicone before bolting down and sealing heads of bolts would help. The shell is sheetmetal, which is better than the plastic that others are made off. Hinge is welded to sheetmetal shell. Easy to get a flatbar between hinge & shell. Might be able to tear weld loose. The 4 locking bolts won't do much if someone tears the hinge off. Again, I was not looking for security. I wanted to protect important documents incase of fire or flood. I leave the safe closed but unlocked. If someone breaks in, my hope is that they will open the safe and see it contains nothing of value and leave it in place. I considered getting a small fire/water gun safe over this home safe. Gun safe was 3x the price. Elected to go with the home safe. In retrospect maybe I should have went with the gun safe. Same protection but would have had a lot more room. Could have installed multiple shelves and organized stuff well. Will the safe protect against fire & water? I should be all set. Would it stop someone from theft? Nope doubt it. Hinge can be popped off with some enthusiasm or the hole think could be walked off with and cut open with a circular saw.
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