Posts Tagged ‘fire safes’

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…)

Fire Season Appears Normal, REALLY?

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

House Fire“Fire Season Appears Normal, For Now”, reads a recent headline in the Orange County Register. The term “normal” sounds ok to me. Normal, not great, not bad, just normal. But, as I began to read the article I realized that in the case of fire season in Southern California, normal isn’t such a good thing. Fire forecasters predict several large wildfires in the region during Summer and Fall, as is typical. What’s more, meteorologists go on to explain that the potential for fires will continue to grow as summer progresses. Changing weather conditions that occur as we get further into summer bring higher risk of blazes. Yikes! It’s time to think seriously about protecting our valuables in a fire resistant home safe .

We’ve all seen the effects of the Southern California wildfires. You may have been lucky enough to be spared personal impact and have only witnessed these fires on TV. Or you may feel this very personally, having been one of the many fire victims. Either way, you know that these fires are very real and extremely dangerous. Thousands of acres and hundreds of homes, not to mention lives, are destroyed each year by wildfires. Homes are often burned to the ground with only their safe for the home still standing.

Although there is little we can do to prevent these wildfires, we can do our best to prepare ourselves and protect our possessions. Owning a fire safe for your valuables and important papers is a good step in the right direction. A good home safe will give you a bit of peace of mind knowing that key documents and valued heirlooms have a fighting chance even if the rest of your house doesn’t.

In addition to using an in home safe, having an evacuation plan can literally be a life saver. The plan should include specific instructions on the fastest exit route for each room in the house. Document the escape routes and review them with all members of your household. Be sure all of the people are able to get out quickly, your critical documents will be safe being left behind in your 1 or 2 hour fire safe.

An out of state contact person is another important idea. Identify a close family member or friend who lives in a different state, as your emergency contact person. Make sure all members of you household have their number handy. In case of an emergency local communications may be overloaded with only out of state calls able to be made.

Fortunately we live in a day and place where fire service is fast and effective. While we trust that our local fire authority will respond quickly, it makes sense to be prepared. Preparation includes protecting our valuables in a fire resistant fire safe, documenting an evacuation plan and educating family members on that plan and an out of state contact. For assistance selecting a quality home fire safe call Maximum Security Safes at (800) 538-0600 today.

The Home Safe and 11 More Steps to Prepare for Fire Season

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

House on Fire

Fall is known as fire season in Southern California. The vegetation is dry from the hot days of summer and the Santa Ana winds begin to blow. As a SoCal native I remember well as a child looking out our back window and seeing flames moving our way. While Southern California is known for wildfires, they can happen just about anywhere. It is time to take steps to protect your home and valuables against wildfire. At Maximum Security Safes we can help you in this effort with a safe for the home, but there are many other important protective steps to take as well.

  • Family Disaster Plan. Create a plan that includes meeting locations and systems of communication. Review the plan with family members regularly. Keep a copy of the plan handy and a back up in your home safe. Most if not all of the items below should be covered in the plan.
  • Fire Extinguishers. Have them on hand and be sure your family knows where there are and how to use them.
  • Emergency Contact Phone Numbers. Keep a list of emergency contact numbers posted near the phone or somewhere convenient and safe.
  • Shut-off Controls. Ensure that your family knows where your gas, electric, and water main shut-off controls are and how to use them.
  • Escape Routes. Identify safe escape routes from each room in the house.
  • Home Emergency Supply Kit. Assemble a kit that can be easily taken with you.
  • Car Emergency Supply Kit. Keep an extra emergency supply kit in your car in case you can’t get into your home.
  • Meeting Location. Designate an emergency meeting location outside of the immediate area that all your family members know is the place to gather.
  • Out-of-Area Contact. Identify a friend or relative that lives outside the area through whom you can communicate with family members.
  • Portable Radio. Have a portable radio handy so you can stay updated on the fire.
  • Home Safe. Keep critical documents and valuables in a fire resistive home safe so if the worst happens they will be protected.

Fires happen, so let’s be prepared. For more information contact the Orange County Fire Authority and their Ready, Set, Go program.

We at Maximum Security would be happy to consult with you about what kind of safe for the home would be best for your needs. Most of our customers find that a safe with both burglar and fire protection is a great solution to their security needs. Call us today and take the first step in preparing for fire season.

New ExecuVault Gun Safes

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

ExecuVault Gun SafeWe are thrilled with American Security Products (AMSEC) newly configured 2-hour fire rated gun safe, the ExecuVault. This safe is perfect for the customer who has just a few rifles but also needs a secure place to store a variety of other valuables. The ExecuVault is actually a multi-purpose safe. It is a gun safe, jewelry safe, fire safe and burglar safe all rolled into one. The body is the AMSEC CSC4520 with serious burglar protection plus two hours of fire protection. The interior offers nicely padded shelving with slots for up to 6 rifles, 3 standard shelves for any number of other valuables and a Stor-It Pack door organizer with zipper pockets and elastic straps to make the most of your interior space. This safe also includes an electric dehumidifier included as a standard accessory. This safe is a great new entry into the gun safes market.

At Maximum Security Safes we have this new gun safe in stock on our showroom floor ready for you to come and check out. If you are not in the Southern California area explore the ExecuVault on our website.
The ExecuVault is dark gray with matte finish and chrome hardware. These gun safes have double steel walls and doors for secure protection. Fire protection is provided by the composite material that fills the steel frame avoiding air pockets that are prevalent with sheet rock style fire protection.

These gun safes come standard with U.L.Listed High Security Group II combination locks including chrome-plated spy-proof dials. Optional high security electronic locks are also available. The locks are protected by tempered glass relock devices and heavy duty steel hinges provide easy, smooth door operation. This glass relocking device is typically found on safes with much higher security ratings.

The ExecuVault is a two hour fire safe that has been tested in a furnace with temperature of 1,700 degrees. After the two hour test period the internal temperature remains below 350 degrees, well below 450 degrees, the temperature that paper burns. The safe is large enough internally that a second smaller fire safe can be placed to provide the best protection for your computer storage media.

The representatives from AMSEC advised us recently that the ExecuVault gun safes will have the UL Residential Security Container rating from Underwriters Laboratory in the near term without change to the design of the safe.

One of the primary differences and advantages of the ExecuVault gun safes is that they are shorter than the typical gun safe. With the standard casters this safe stands 54” tall; with the casters removed the safe is 50-1/2” tall. It can be bolted to the floor to provide additional burglar protection.

Maximum Security is a full service company that provides service, delivery and installation of any type safe, including the ExecuVault gun safes. We have been in business for nearly 30 years and the current owners have been in the same Santa Ana, CA store location for 15 years. We have hundreds of satisfied customers who have purchased safes and used our safe moving and delivery service locally in Southern California and across the country.

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.