How to Install a Gun Safe

December 20th, 2012 | Filed under: Child Proofing, Consumer Protection, Emergency Preparedness, Family Safety, Home Safes, Home Storage, Security | No Comments »

Once you’ve made the decision to purchase a gun safe, you’ll want to make sure you install it correctly to be sure you get the intended benefits of owning the safe. Correctly installed and used, it can be an excellent way of keeping your firearms safe and protected.

Before beginning installation, be sure to read the instructions thoroughly. Different safes may have different installation requirements, space needed for your safe; the types of tools needed for installation, and directions on how-to install it. Installing your safe correctly helps to insure you get the maximum benefits of your safe.

Most people prefer to set up their gun safe in a closet, a garage, a den or trophy room, a bedroom, or in a room designated as a safe room. Make sure you get the correct-type safe for the location where you plan to set it up.

Some guidelines for your floor safe installation are:

  • Choose a location - When choosing the location of your safe, choose a spot away from water and water related issues, such as plumbing leaks. Basements are notorious for water related issues. If you do install it in the basement, do not set the safe on a wooden pallet, off the ground. This can make it easy for a burglar to walk away with the safe. Do choose a place where two or more sides of the safe can be blocked off, like the corner of a room.
  • Get measurements - Measure the location of where your safe will be installed. Be sure there is adequate room for the safe, as well as enough room to open the door adequately enough to have easier access to your guns.
  • Keep away from combustibles - If you store combustible products, such as paint cans or aerosols, be sure to plan to install your safe away from them. Many people store products like this in a basement or the garage. Install your safe in a location that is free and clear of any combustible products.
  • Adequate lighting - Make sure there is adequate lighting where your safe will be. Although you can purchase lights for inside the safe, you will need good lighting for the outside so you can easily see the safe lock.
  • Anchor your safe - If there is an anchoring system with the safe, it’s always best to use it. Most gun safes already come with pre-drilled holes at the bottom of the safe to use as an anchoring system.

Some people prefer a wall safe. To install a wall safe, you may need a little handyman know-how. You will first need to locate the wall studs at the level you want your safe. Measure the back of the safe and draw a finished square. Use a small saw to carefully cut a hole within the penciled square. You will want to use cut pieces of a 2 by 4 for braces on top and bottom of the safe. Screw the braces into the studs and place the safe into the opening.

If you want a floor safe, you will probably want a professional to install it, due to its complexity. Wherever you install your safe, be sure there is plenty of room to open the door wide enough to easily get in and out of it.

The more prepared you are ahead of time; the more likely you will be happy with the finished product, and your gun safe.


How to Prepare Your Family for an Emergency

November 9th, 2012 | Filed under: Consumer Protection, Emergency Preparedness, Family Safety, Flooding | No Comments »

We are all witnessing a repeat of the Katrina disaster happening right now in New Jersey and New York, making many of us wonder what we could do to help protect our families if an emergency like that should shut down our normal supply lines.

You should stock your home with supplies that may be needed during the emergency period. At a minimum, these supplies should include:

  • Several clean containers for water, large enough for a 15 day supply of water (about one gallon for each person each day).
  • An emergency food supply - 15 day supply of non-perishable food.
  • A first aid kit and manual.
  • A battery-powered radio, flashlights, and extra batteries.
  • Sleeping bags or extra blankets.
  • Water-purifying supplies, such as chlorine or iodine tablets or unscented, ordinary household chlorine bleach.
  • Prescription medicines and special medical needs.
  • Baby food and/or prepared formula, diapers, and other baby supplies.
  • Disposable cleaning cloths, such as “baby wipes” for the whole family to use in case bathing facilities are not available.
  • Personal hygiene supplies, such as soap, toothpaste, sanitary napkins, etc.

You should also keep an emergency kit for your car with food, flares, booster cables, maps, tools, a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, sleeping bags, etc. that can help you make it through the night or for a few days if you travel in remote areas.