Now that you just bought your gun safe or thinking about getting one, deciding where to put it, is still quite an important factor to think about. Every location you get to choose is important as it will affect things like accessibility, convenience, theft protection, flood safety, and fire protection. The list might not be complete, but those are among the things you have to always consider when choosing the location.
1. Theft Protection
Whenever a burglar comes into your house, the first place to check for a safe would be the bedrooms or home offices. If it were in the bedroom, the likely first stop would be the closet. Most burglars know that people would keep their safes in the closets out of sight of many people. As for the home office, the burglar would be checking mostly at the cabinets or drawers to see signs of a safe. It is time to change all that by choosing a neutral location for the safe. This will help to keep it hidden at all times.
Some people have chosen to use garages, basements, and fireplaces. Basements have been seen as a great way to keep your gun safe away from burglars, as carrying it back upstairs once stolen is not going to be an easy job. The problem with basements is that they are always filled with workshop tools. Such tools can make it easy for the burglar to drill into the safe easily. Each mentioned place will have its own drawbacks, but you still have to choose the best. To protect your safe against theft, it is better to store keep it away from common places where the safe is expected to be installed.
2. Keep Away from Children
Trust the kids to be always curious at such a young. They would want to know more about what is in the safe. Of course, the children will not have the combinations to access the safe, but keeping it away from the sight of children is still better. Kids cannot keep a secret, you might find them telling everyone that you own a safe in the house. Not many people would want their secret of having a safe outside in the open.
3. Convenience and Access
The work of the gun is to help provide security whenever needed, so the convenience and access are important when mounting the safe. If you cannot access the safe when needed most because it is in a far location, then it beats the purpose of having the gun in the first place.
Ask yourself questions such as how often will I use the safe? Can I reach it in an emergency situation? What else will be stored inside? Such questions are meant to help you easily come up with a location that it outreaches for the burglars and can still be reached when you have to retrieve your firearm.
4. Humidity and Temperature Protection
Having too much humidity is the ultimate killer to the guns. The safe manufacturers always have to keep humidity and temperature in mind when designing the safe. Many safes today would be able to even out the humidity and temperature variations in the air. This is only possible in rooms that have temperature and humidity control. The control will help with keeping the temperatures and humidity inside and outside the safe to be the same.
For places that do not have temperature and climate control such as garages and basements might not be the best to keep the gun safe. Unless you are willing to include such rooms in the climate control system, then they can be viable.
As for high temperatures, they tend also to have an effect on the guns. The best way would be keeping the gun safe away from heating stoves, kitchens, and fireplaces. The rapid fluctuations in temperatures are never good for a safe.
5. Flood protection
If you are obviously trying to keep the safe from floods, keeping it in the basement is not an option. You would want to keep it on a raised ground to give more chances against the floods. This will need a building of a higher base for the safe first before mounting it in position. The size and type of safe will be the ultimate decider just how much it has to be raised off the ground. Check out the manufacturer recommendations on mounting the waterproof safe in your house.
6. Fire protection
If you are looking to protect your gun safe from fire, start by thinking about of rooms far from common fire rooms. Fire rooms, in this case, means where the fire is likely to start such as the kitchen, fireplaces, and where people commonly smoke or burn candles. Your safe will have fewer chances of survival when placed in such rooms, as the temperatures would be high being that they are the source of the fire.
Some would think about mounting the safe in the basement because it would remain relatively cool when the upper side of the house is burning. It is a good idea until the upper rooms start crashing into the basement after burning. It will still affect the safe in the basement. It is always better if you get to install the safe close to an exterior wall on a slab. The exterior wall will be providing a cooling effect as it is exposed to the outside, while the protective slab will be absorbing the heat from the fire around the safe.
The hard part of choosing the location for your gun safe should now be over. All the mentioned places will help you easily mount your safe and access it when the gun is needed. The most important part is to always consider the security of the safe always. The worst can always happen when you gun ends up in the hands of another person. It is not easy to predict what could be done with it.