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    Last updated 6 years ago

    It's the other day I locked my keys in the car while it was running, unbelievable. I was lucky that I call up these locksmiths and they were able to get out to me quickly and get my keys. I really don't know what I would have done if they were able to help me in a pinch.

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    Brandon G.

    3 Reasons to Own a Home Fire Safe

    Last updated 6 years ago

    The danger of fire is a constant one, as fire departments responded to nearly 400,000 home fires in the United States in 2009, and 44,867 fires in Houston. While you do all you can to prevent a fire from ever happening, knowing that your most important documents and valuables are protected provides peace of mind.

    If the unthinkable were to happen, you can rest assured that the contents of your home fire safe will remain intact.

    1.      Regular safes are not impervious to fire. In fact, the construction of a regular anti-burglary safe is not intended to protect valuables from fire, but from intrusion. Their metal construction can act like an oven in the event of a fire, all but cooking their contents.

    Fire safes are designed to withstand the extremely high temperatures of a fire. Composite materials are used to shield the inner compartment, and many offer a gasket seal to prevent water from getting inside. Some fire safes are rated to withstand temperatures up to 1,800 degrees for four hours.

    2.      Hybrid safes solve two problems. A safe that is certified against both fire and burglary is capable not only of withstanding the effects of a house fire, but it also protects the contents against intrusive attacks. These kinds of fire safes use insulative material to keep internal temperatures below that of a fire in order to prevent melting or igniting of the contents, while the outer shell is often constructed with attack-resistant steel.

     3.      Concentrate on your most valuable possessions. In a fire, trying to save material items delays your safe exit and increases the risk that you may become trapped. When you know that your important papers and other belongings will be able to withstand the flames until help arrives, you can focus on getting your loved ones to safety.

    Keep your important documents and possessions in a fire safe, and know that they’ll be protected. Houston Safe & Lock carries a wide selection of fire safes designed to defend your valuables from fire and burglary. Protect your property—contact us to learn more.

    Tips for Burglar-Proofing Your Home

    Last updated 6 years ago

    In today’s world, people need to protect their homes better than they have before. There were over 200,000 incidents reported in Texas in 2009. Ask any Houston locksmith and they will tell you that the risk of burglary is always high in a large city.

    There are steps you can take for keeping your home safe from intrusion, from choosing security measures that make your house hard to enter to discouraging potential intruders entirely.

    Secure Windows and Doors

    A high-security lock doesn’t ever need to be tested for a burglar to turn away—if a lock looks like it means business, it usually does. For your doors, choose a quality lock from a Houston locksmith. A double deadbolt is an excellent way to secure a door that is near to glass.

    With several deadbolt options and no exposed screws, high-security locks are built to withstand anything a burglar chooses to throw at them, and designed to turn intruders away before they have the chance.

    Deterrence

    Most burglaries can be prevented before they even begin. A burglar looks for the easiest way into your home. Before they pick out your house, they check out your neighborhood, seeking the house that will present the least amount of risk.

    Security lights eliminate dark spots near windows and doors, and motion-sensitive lights can offer the same peace of mind without creating light pollution. A well-lit home secured by quality locks makes a difficult target.

    For the best in home security, choose Houston Safe & Lock. As your Houston locksmith, we can secure your home with impervious locks, and our line of fire and gun safes can keep your valuables protected. Contact us today for the best in home protection!

    iPhone App: Gun Safe

    Last updated 6 years ago

    Thousands of firearms are stolen every year in the United States, and some don’t ever make it back to their owners.

    This app lets you keep track of all your firearms in a handheld database, and goes a few steps further. You can store detailed information on each and every gun you own, including purchase dates, serial numbers, make, model, and caliber. Photos can be attached to each gun, and the entire database is password protected. The option to save a backup of your personal collection on a secure server is an added bonus in the event that you lose your phone.

    Keep your guns physically secure with Houston Safe & Lock. Our series of gun safes provide fire and burglary protection for your firearms. Contact us to see which safe is right for your security needs.

    Safes Over the Centuries

    Last updated 6 years ago

    Today’s safes are made to protect nearly anything—documents, valuables, weapons, money, and more. They’ve come a long way from the “iron chests” of the pre-1800s, evolving into the impressive safes of today.

    Early Safes

    • The earliest lockboxes were made of wood in the 1700s, and while their bolts and locking mechanisms were fairly secure for their day, thieves had little difficulty prying them open.
    • Safe construction improved when cast iron was used in the late 18th century, and the lock itself became the weakest component of this new strongbox.

    Fire-Proofing and Lock Innovation

    • In the early 1800s, there were several different patents on ways to make safes impervious to flame, resulting in competition amongst inventors—and the creation of the first fire safes.
    • In 1818, a “detector lock” was invented with the intention that it would not open if someone attempted to pick it. Egyptian pin-tumbler designs were adopted by a father and son and became the common design seen today.

    20th-Century Steel and Today

    • A single piece of steel was used to make safes in the 1900s, and safecrackers and robbers used explosives to open them. Anti-explosive technology improved, and a safe from the 40s survived the Hiroshima atomic blast from a distance of less than 1,000 feet.
    • Today’s safes feature complex locks, drill- and torch-proof construction, and often have layers of concrete sandwiched between steel.
    • Fire safes incorporate materials that help the contents resist extremely high temperatures for up to an hour in residential applications, and gun safes keep firearms protected from both tampering and theft.

    Houston Safe & Lock is a premier Houston locksmith specializing in fine safes that are designed to guard your valuables. Our fire and gun safes come in many varieties to best suit your protective requirements. Contact us for all of your safe needs!



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