We cannot predict when a fire will strike the neighborhood or our own home. If we knew that in advance, we wouldn’t have to worry about those circumstances that much.
However, we know that bad things happen when you least expect it, so in order to provide the best solutions, preparation is always key. This includes gathering your valuables in a fireproof safe, a location where it can protect your important items.
The fireproof safe provides homeowners with efficiency, security and sufficient protection and in case you want to know more about the unit, you can read this review about the SentrySafe SFW123DSB 1.23 Cubic Feet Combination Fire-Safe.
- Comes with combination-free settings
- Has advanced fire protection
- Water-resistant up to 8 inches for a good 24 hours
- Has UL grade and ETL-certified
- Includes 4 big 1-inch bolts
- Comes with mechanical combination lock with key included
- Has hinge that is resistant to prying
- Comes with smart features
- Weighs 90 lbs.
- Backed by 1-year limited manufacturer’s warranty
- Measures 19.3 x 16.3 x 17.8- inches
The SentrySafe SFW123DSB is composed of a solid steel construction, and is a fire and water-resistant safe. The unit was designed to accommodate adjustments and provide a good amount of space for valuables. The model comes in a gray color, very minimal in form, and gives an air of protection in the manner a safe must offer.
There is a logo located on the top right part and it includes space within which is separated by a shelf, plus a rack within the door meant for storing smaller items like keys plus two pockets.
The model is designed to further protect valuables from factors that can damage them like water and fire. Hence it can withstand a good deal of heat (this model is UL certified. Because the unit is water-resistant too, there is a possibility that during a flood, all the items kept inside it will be safeguarded by moisture.
However, keep in mind that water-resistant safes are not wholly waterproof. They are only capable of protecting contents for a limited period of time. Surpass the allotted time and water can break inside the containment unit and damage our items.
The unit is pretty heavy, and it can be difficult to carry the whole thing around. Its heaviness is another protection factor since it will deter thieves from picking the item up and stealing the safe.
Thus, you have to give its placement some thinking since it can be a bother lugging the safe all over the house. With such a heavy item, relocation is not something that is easily accomplished, so better put the safe in a good spot.
The safe includes a bolt-down kit so the minute you have bolted it on the floor, the unit will be stuck in that location. Some of you might not like the idea of the safe being pushed along or turned over, so the bolt-down kit is actually handy.
One of the best things about the SFW123DSB is that it is resistant against forceful prying. If thieves cannot carry the safe with them due to its weight or because it is bolted down to the floor, they will resort to using garage tools. The unit has in fact a pry-resistant hinge bar and 1-inch long, locking steel bolts to deter burglars.
Then there is the combination lock as well. The company has provided the unit with its own set combination lock which can be found on the back of the accompanying manual. Users cannot change the combination, though, as it is permanently set by the manufacturer.
The SFW123DSB was built to be fire-resistant, however, because of the insulation needed in order to make the unit safe from flames, there appear to be a few problems with condensation happening within it.
Hence, some homeowners might worry about putting certain valuables here like microfilm, film negatives, or costly watches. You can make use of salt and silica crystals to deal with this issue, however, it is ideal if you resort to keeping those kinds of items in an airtight container instead.
The handle and dial of the unit are made of plastic material, which makes the safe less secure. However, this is an affordable model and not one of the high-end models that come with sturdier materials so, in a way, this is a slight compromise.
The SentrySafe SFW123DSB 1.23 Cubic Feet Combination Fire-Safe is a decent safe for its price rate. The drawbacks were dwarfed by the amount of security that the unit offers, hence this is still a great buy.
For its price, it checks more boxes than other brands within the same price range. If you are on a budget, then this SentrySafe item will give you the most bang for your buck.