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Safe in a Fire 2

For those of you that missed our live streaming burn event last month we have a recap video available. It was a great time, we burned one of our new 1.2 Cubic Foot Big Bolts Fire-Safes live, gave away great prizes (some of which we burned in the safe!) and had some fantastic guest stars. Thanks to all who participated and to those that missed it, never fear. We will be firing up the oven again when the snow melts here in Rochester NY.

Keep it Safe.


Robert Siciliano: Setting Up a Big Bolts Fire-Safe

FedEx showed up to my house with a good-sized box, and the driver came to my door to request my signature and a little help. The box felt like it weighed 90 pounds, maybe slightly more. It wasn’t too heavy for two adults. A little awkward, but handling it was easy enough.

A safe should be installed in an inconspicuous location. I put mine in a closet, so it’s not in plain view, on the second floor, in case there is a flood. Of course, the Big Bolt is water-resistant, but it’s best to be as safe as possible.

After cutting open the top of the box, the smartest way to remove the safe is to hold open the flaps and flip the box upside down, then pull the box and packing material off of the safe. The manual is affixed to the safe, with the safe’s combination clearly posted. Scan the combination on the manual’s cover and upload the image to your computer.

Once having successfully used the combination to open the safe, fill out the product registration and send it in.

Must you install the safe, or can you just leave it sitting on the floor? Install it. A burglar will certainly be able to pick it up if you do not. If it’s bolted to the floor, the thief will have a hard time removing it without a heavy-duty breaker bar.

To install the Big Bolt safe you need a drill, a 7/16th drill bit, a ¼ inch bit, 2-6 inch x 7/16th bolts and washers, and either a socket wrench, adjustable wrench, or box wrench. Following the instructions, drill holes through two of the safe’s feet to bolt it to the floor. Then, mark the floor with a pencil. Move the safe out of the way and then drill your pilot holes using a ¼ inch bit. Move the safe back and screw in your bolts.


Now your stuff is more secure from fires and burglars.

Robert Siciliano is a Personal and Home Security Expert for SentrySafe. See him Discussing burglar proofing your home on Fox Boston. Disclosures.

About the Author:ROBERT SICILIANO, CEO of IDTheftSecurity.com is fiercely committed to informing, educating, and empowering Americans so they can be protected from violence and crime in the physical and virtual worlds. His “tell it like it is” style is sought after by major media outlets, executives in the C-Suite of leading corporations, meeting planners, and community leaders to get the straight talk they need to stay safe in a world in which physical and virtual crime is commonplace. Siciliano is accessible, real, professional, and ready to weigh in and comment at a moment’s notice on breaking news.

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Big Bolts: Talking with the Team

It’s time for another installment of our semi-regular feature where we talk directly with the people here that work so hard to develop the great new products that protect the important thing in your life. We are proud of the work we do here and it is great to be able to introduce you to another member of the team. Ryan Smith is the Product Manager for our Fire-Safe line of products and my co-host during our recent “Safe in a Fire” event.

Tell us a little background on the 1.23 cu/ft. FIRE-SAFE®?

SentrySafe invented this category back in the ‘30’s and continues to lead the market in sales by a healthy margin.  The fire resistance we deliver is unparalleled and the key feature of the product.  In a house fire, this product is simply the best option to protect and organize your important and irreplaceable items.  Many companies would sit back and coast with this kind of success. But, we feel that it is really important to re-learn the Fire Safe over and over again, and that’s why we started back with the end-user to determine what their needs were and solved for the problem with everything new we have learned in the past 5 years as a manufacturer.

What do people traditionally put in a 1.23 FIRE-SAFE®?

The contents are usually pretty typical – tax records, insurance documents, insurance riders, CD and DVD data back-up discs, photo albums, etc.  In fact, there are few things you can’t put in a 1.2 FIRE-SAFE®.  But, I love the stories we get out of our Customer Service call center across the street.  One older gentleman who called in looking to get his lost combination told us he once found a ring on the floor in a Las Vegas casino, brought it home thinking it was probably a fake, and it was appraised at $23,000!  He just wanted to get into his SentrySafe to have a look at it again because it made him happy.

Do you have anything important to you that you store in one?

My dad was much older than most for guys my age, and he actually served in World War II.  On board his ship he was a Sheet Metal Repairman 3rd class, fixing PBY-11 sea planes.  But, everyone on ship had a non-combat assignment, and his was working in the photography lab, helping take pictures and develop film.  He came back from the war with hundreds of photos – some of sailor’s antics during their down time, far off islands they came across in the Pacific or the damage they repaired on the sea planes.  Other pictures were taken during tense moments when they were under attack.  I don’t have my dad with me anymore, but those pictures mean so much to me.  They are a window into what he did as a young man to provide the life I enjoy today.  I couldn’t bear to lose them.

What brought about the changes to the Safe?

We maintain great relationships with our safe owners, so we continually learn a lot about where areas for improvement may exist.  We also spend a good share of time talking to people who don’t own our safes to see what they look for and what might be preventing them from owning one.  So, with this project in particular, it was a combination of sources that uncovered some areas of opportunity to improve.

Please walk us thorough the upgrades to the Safe?

First, we made some changes to make the safe easier to use and less frustrating.  The combination dial has bigger, white numbers that are easier to read, and the dial has crisper clicks so you can be surer of what number you are dialing in.  The electronic lock has a really cool battery drawer that slides in and out of the side of the lock so you no longer have to take the lock face off the safe to change the batteries.  And, on many of the electronic lock models we have added a very bright LED light that illuminates the interior of the safe, making it easier to find and get to what you are looking for.

Second, we made some major structural improvements to the security features.  The safe features 4 large, 1-inch bolts – that’s 60% larger than traditional safes.  On the opposing side of the door, we have a full length pry resistant hinge bar that acts more or less as a dead bolt.  We also developed an innovative clutch system for the handle that prevents it from breaking it if it gets over-torqued.

Lastly, we made the door pocket larger on the back of the door to accommodate more items that people want to easily access on a regular basis.  We made sure that it could hold CD/DVD cases and most small to medium sized external hard drives. The new design leaves the future wide open for new innovations and breakthroughs, some of which we have already identified and plan to launch as early as next summer.

Where should people look for these Safe?

All major retailers across the country will be carrying the new 1.23 cu/ft. FIRE-SAFE®, as well as Canada, Mexico and a host of countries outside of North America.  For the most up-to-date listing, use the “Buy It Now” feature on the product page.


Big Bolts: Daddy Forever Giveaway!

That’s right people, another chance to WIN! The blogging community loves our new Big Bolts 1.2 Fire-Safe and they are sharing the love with their readers. The latest review and giveaway comes from Daddy Forever. It’s a wonderful blog about family, technology and reviews of products for both kids and parents. Check it out when you get a chance and be sure to enter to WIN!

Be Safe.