Posts Tagged ‘fire protection’

Fall Season = Rise in Natural Disasters

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Fall is officially here! (The first day was yesterday, September 22nd, to be exact), but did you know that with the season change, also comes a spike in natural disasters – specifically tornados and fires?

Spring is our primary tornado season here in the U.S., but fall is considered to be our “secondary tornado season”.  Tornado Expert Dr. Greg Forbes says that, “In many ways, this is the counterpart to spring…When enough warm, moist air accompanies these weather systems, the unstable conditions yield severe thunderstorms and sometimes tornadoes.”

Fire season usually peaks in September/October and this year is no exception, with temperatures being so high, fire predictions are going strong into fall. As you can see in the map graphic produced by the National Interagency Coordination Center, the California wildfire predictions are above normal for September. In fact, just this past August, California had its fifth-largest fire in California history. The Rim fire scorched more than 213,000 acres since it began on August 17 and is still expected to take another 2-3 weeks for full containment.

With all that being said, fall is a lovely time of year so don’t be discouraged; the point is simply to not let your guard down, and instead be prepared. If you don’t have a fire-proof, bolted down safe already, educate yourself about the natural disaster risks in your area and choose a safe that will provide above and beyond protection for the valuables you hold near and dear. 

Take it from an AMSEC safe customer, Toby Striegel, who was hit this past year with a tornado and the only thing to survive unaffected, was his AMSEC safe. Toby recalls, “When I would show off my new safe to friends and family that came to visit, I would always joke and say that after having it bolted down to the concrete slab in my closet, it would probably be the only thing left standing if a tornado hit my house. I never imagined how right I would turn out to be.”

The investment is worth the prevention of heartache down the road from a natural disaster that we all think will never happen to us. Take it from Toby and bolt it down, lock it up, and rest assured. Interested in safes like Toby’s? Visit our AMSEC collection.

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Fires Prove Time and Again…No Match for AMSEC Fire Safes

Monday, September 16th, 2013

When the only thing left standing after a rampaging fire is your fire safe with precious valuables inside, unaffected by the disaster, that’s the moment of confirmation when you think: “Yes. This is exactly why I invested in a high quality safe.”

Don Koester, owner of Four Lakes Chelan Winery in Chelan, WA, had the same thought when his wine-bottling warehouse went up in flames in May 2013. Koester’s AMSEC safe with fire protection held his extensive and irreplaceable coin and stamp collection, among other valuables.

After the fire, Koester saw his safe, but remained afraid…would the safe’s assured fire protection really hold up to its promise? “I was devastated at my losses and it took this long to get my courage up,” he said.

When he finally did muster the courage to open the safe door, Koester was amazed: “lo and behold, nothing was damaged other than some smoke.”

Pray for the best, prepare for the worst, right?

Many times people think that the primary reason to get a safe is to protect their valuables against burglaries, but the home fire statistics may surprise you. In 2011, U.S. fire departments responded to 370,000 home structure fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association, which is proof why a safe’s fire rating is so important. (more…)

7 Most Common Causes of House Fires

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

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House fires, not something I want to think about, but they are a real possibility. The National Fire Protection Association reports that there are as many as 400,000 house fires every year in the United States. It isn’t something we should ignore. With our most valued possessions at risk, the old adage, prepare for the worst and hope for the best, is a good approach. That means, take precautions to prevent the most common causes of house fires, and consider a home safe to protect key valuables as your last line of defense, just in case.

A recent National Fire Protection Association report indicates the most common causes of house fires. Below is that list and suggested precautions.

Cooking. The #1 cause of house fires, accounting for 42% of reported incidents, is cooking. Open flames from the stove and intense heat in the oven easily result in a fire when unsupervised. Most often food or cooking tools catch fire and quickly lose control. While giving up cooking all together may be a bit extreme, paying extra attention and never leaving the kitchen while preparing food is an easy way to reduce this risk.

Christmas Trees. Every winter families all around the world bring large trees into their home to celebrate a beloved holiday. However, Christmas trees can easily become a significant hazard. Dry tress combined with strings of lights quickly turn into fire sticks. Before placing the tree in your home cut off an inch or so from the bottom of the trunk, removing any dead wood that would prevent the tree from soaking up water. Be vigilant about watering your tree, keep it hydrated! Also be sure to turn off Christmas lights when you go to sleep at night. Or, avoid the risk altogether by getting an artificial tree!

Smoking. Smoking is the source of many of house fires leading to almost 1,000 deaths a year. Lit cigarettes accidentally dropped on any number of household items can quickly become large fires. Only smoking outside will reduce this risk significantly.

Candles. An estimated 18,000 house fires are caused by candles each year. Most of the incidences are due to negligence. Leaving a lit candle unattended can quickly lead to a fire. Numerous flammable materials in the vicinity of a candle can easily catch fire. Reduce this risk by trimming the wick of your candle to help limit the size of the flame, or use battery operated candles.

Appliances, Heaters, Children Playing with Fire. Other common causes of home fires include over use of appliances, home heating, and children playing with fire. Faulty or over-used appliances can easily cause a fire with just a few sparks. Heating systems, especially space heaters and wood stoves, can ignite household items nearby. The curiosity of young children can also lead to threatening fires. Playing with matches, lighters, and candles led to 56,300 fires between 2005 and 2009. Keeping these items out of the reach of children and educating them about the importance of fire safety can help reduce this risk. In the event that a house fire does occur a home safe, in particular a fire safe for the home, will keep important documents and precious valuable safe while you focus on getting your family to safety.

While we can’t eliminate all potential causes of house fires there are some basics that are well worth keeping in mind. Take these precautions and consider purchasing one of the many home safes to protect your most important valuables. Safes for the home are an excellent barrier for items of both monetary and sentimental value.

Financial Market Got You Worried?

Monday, October 6th, 2008

The news is buzzing about failing banks and financial institutions and many of us are worried about how all of this will affect us.At Maximum Security Safes we have had a sharp rise in the number of people calling and coming in to our “safe” showroom to purchase burglar and fire resistant safes.If you are like these people then you may be considering reducing your exposure at the bank by taking your security into your own hands.

Good quality home safes are very affordable.If you are looking for a high security safe to secure cash and other valuables you will likely need a safe that is both burglar and fire resistant.Some safes are good for fire resistance, some are good for burglar resistance, but when you want to secure cash and other valuables make sure the home safe you choose is good at both.We have a variety of styles of high security safes that meet both these criteria – gun safes, jewelry safes, wall safes, high security safes and more.To confirm you are getting what you want look for labels in the safe from independent laboratories that document the fire and/or burglar test the safe has passed.If you are buying a safe from a reputable dealer the old saying, “you get what you pay for” does hold true.These safes come in a variety of different shapes, sizes and price ranges according to your needs.

The best way to have confidence that you are purchasing a safe that will truly address your security needs is to come and see the safes (if you can) and talk to an expert. At Maximum Security we have a showroom with over 100 different safes on display and experts who can help you chose the right one for your needs.Inventory is moving fast, call or visit us today.