Gun safe companies are manipulating the truth and convincing customers to spend more money in the name for ratings. There are standard universal fire protection ratings, and none apart from them. But companies cook up their own ratings and try to fool buyers.
Here are the Nine common myths associated with the fire rating of gun-safes:
Myth : A High fire Protection Rating is Necessary
There is no fire protection standard measurements for gun safes and it totally depends upon the severity of fire. Sometimes, your guns can catch fire even if the safes have high fire protection rating according to the manufacturer/seller.
If a fire is not that wild and the gun case remains untouched by the fire , even a cheap safe can survive the situation. Sometimes only the steel of a gun-safe can protect it from high temperature. If the whole place is on fire and the gun safe is enveloped in flames, there is no material available which can secure your gun safe indefinitely.
In a nutshell, a good material determines t
he quality of the gun safe. But your gun-safe is your responsibility. Make sure the gun safe location is not prone to fire. Also, places such as kitchen and room with oven or candles in not the right place to keep your safe.
Myth: Fire Happens more often than Theft
According to a few websites it has been claimed that there are more chances of robbery. But, in reality, it varies with the place you live and the past year records of theft and fire. Most of us are confused between robbery and burglary. Robbers do not care about your presence and threaten you to handover your valuable items to them, while burglars wait for an empty house. Having a gun at your disposal only proves useful in one of those situations.
According to data, we can analyse that thefts are more common because it takes 15 years for an explosive fire incident. The commonly occurring fire incidents are not as harmful and there are more chances that a home fire accident won’t damage your gun safe. Moreover, fire is more rescuable than robbery or theft. So, this is a complete myth.
Myth: The Best place to keep your Gun safe is Basement
As per stats of gun safe manufacturers basement provides the to your gun safe. But it’s not true to some extent. Though basement is a damp place and relatively safe from fire, laundry machines and other electronic equipment nullify the protection claim. Electronic equipment is more likely to catch fire in a damp place.
Apart from this, if your house catches fire, the basement is the last place to burn. But the basement is also more likely to accumulate all toxic liquid which can harm your gun safe. The heap of burning material from the floors above is another issue, which can cause temperature to hike.
Often, the basement is difficult to be salvaged after a fire. There are very few chances that you may recover anything from it after a deadly fire. So, basement is not in the least an ideal place to store your gun safe if you live in a fire-prone place.
Myth: Ammos are Best to Store in a Gun Safe
It’s silly to think that storing flammable material inside your gun safe can keep them protected. There is no logic behind this. It’s a bad idea to store explosives inside your gun safe, as it can easily catch fire even at moderately high temperatures and can badly damage your firearms, if not result in accidents.
All newly designed gun cartridges are made up of flammable material that can burn at high temperature and completely destroy your gun. If your gun-safe is crowded and ammo is placed right next to your guns, there are more chances that it catches fire. Even materials such as gun lubrication, aerosol, flammable liquids such as oils, solvent etc should be stored outside the gun-safe.
Myth: Keep your Gun-Loaded
People generally leave a round in the gun chamber so that they can use if something comes up. Keeping your gun loaded might give you more confidence. But a fire can increase the inside pressure of gun safe and the round may trigger by itself from the cartridges in such high pressure. A hand gun shot is capable of piercing light gun safes and the round of a rifle is powerful enough to penetrate a heavy steel gun-safe. If the place catches fire, your round can cause a lot of completely avoidable damage.
So, to avoid any such incident either keep your loaded gun facing the downward direction or keep them unloaded.
Also Read: How to Handle Gun Safe Like a Pro
Myth: The Gun-Safe is Waterproof
Most gun-safe manufacturing companies claim to provide waterproof gun safes to manipulate customers. How do they make the gun safe waterproof? It’s very simple; there is no additional material needed. They only make door gaps tighter and provide secondary support to the door seal.
The secondary door-seal support is a good idea if it is made up of silicon-like material. Tighter door-gaps adds an extra layer of security, but it does not ensure protection from high pressure of water. As a matter of fact, gun safe companies sell cheap and low quality safes to customers by calling them waterproof. If such a waterproof gun safe catches fire, the tighter door-gaps can generate pretty high pressure and trap heat inside the safe; the cheap quality of such safes won’t tolerate the heat, flames or high pressure and damage your firearms.
Waterproof gun safes of low quality are not worth buying. Just buy a gun safe made up of string steel instead of purchasing a cheap case which claims water protection. Also, waterproof safes do not provide any protection from burglary or fire because of the cheap material used.