Trying to figure out the right place to install a gun safe in your home can be somewhat of a challenge. Gun safes are a great option for keeping weapons, personal records, financial records, money and other valuables safe and out of the hands of kids or anyone else. The question you have to answer is where should you install the gun safe in your home?
The fact is, where you put the gun safe has a huge influence on the level of security it offers. While there is no single location that is perfect for a gun safe and each home is different, there are a few considerations you can use to find the best location.
One of the first things to consider is fire hazards that are present. You need to keep your gun safe away from any possible source of fire. This means you should not place it in the kitchen or near a fireplace. Rooms that open into the kitchen or located directly above the kitchen are also at risk.
Garages are not considered ideal locations for gun safes since fuels are often stored inside. The safest location for a gun safe in the case of a severe fire would be any location where a concrete slab is present. Other locations to consider include the first floor of a home above the crawl space.
Water and Humidity Considerations
Humidity and water can also wreak havoc on your guns and safes. The humidity of the room where the safe is located is going to be the humidity of the air inside the safe, too. In most cases, the basement is a smart location for gun safes, since they will be near a concrete slab. However, you need to make sure the space isn’t excessively humid. If necessary, install a dehumidifier to ensure the guns and safes remain damage-free.
If you are in a flood zone, then the basement may not be the ideal location for your gun safe. Instead, it is going to make more sense to install it on the first floor of your home, but not any higher. This is especially true if your safe weighs more than 1,000 pounds.
You need to find a location where your safe is least likely to be damaged or stolen by burglars. In most cases, a burglar is going to go to the master bedroom and living room and then move to the garage and office. As a result, it is best to avoid these locations for your gun safe.
There is no question that a gun safe can be an invaluable asset to your home. However, you need to ensure it is installed in the right location. Also, if you are purchasing a particularly large or heavy gun safe, make sure the location where you install it can support this amount of weight. If you are still unsure, contact the professionals for help.