Buyers Guides

Our buyers guides enable you to quickly choose the best product to suit your needs and extra information for those not familiar with industry jargon

Safes

A Beginners’ Guide To Choosing A Safe

When choosing a safe, there are certain key considerations. If you purchase a safe that doesn't offer sufficient safeguards - either in terms of anti-theft protections or resistance to other threats, such as fire - you could be practicing a false economy. By familiarising yourself with some basic information about the various options available, you will be able to make an informed decision.

How to Store Cash Securely

Cash is extremely vulnerable to loss, theft or damage by fire - and obtaining help from your insurance company in the wake of such an event can be a nightmare. A good safe can protect your cash, giving you peace of mind. From security safes to time delay safes and deposit safes that allow non-keyholders to add money but not remove it, our advice will help you keep your cash secure. 

Testing Standards Of Safes

Before you can rely on a safe, you need to know what standards it has been tested to. Penetrating industry jargon to find out what each specification means can be a severe headache for the layperson. This plain-English guide cuts through the jargon to give you a clear and understandable explanation of standards and what they mean for you.

How to Install a Home Safe

Keeping your most precious belongings in a home safe protects them from fire and theft as well as potentially reducing your insurance premiums. To be fully secure, however, a home safe needs to be properly installed. This handy guide will help you choose the best location for your safe and make sure that it's fitted appropriately.

Chubbsafes Elements Buyers Guide

Chubbsafes is one of the premier names in security. To assist you in choosing the Chubbsafe that's right for you, their Elements range is helpfully sorted into four different categories: entry-level AIR, burglar-proof WATER, higher-security EARTH and extra-heavy-duty FIRE. Our Chubbsafes buyer's guide walks you through the differences between the categories and clears up any potential misunderstandings.

Fire or Security Safe?

Many safes protect adequately against theft; but will your valuables be secure if there's a fire? High temperatures can ruin documents and cash as well as damaging jewellery, paintings and other precious items. Data stored on media such as CDs and DVDs can also be lost. In this article, we explore the different options available when it comes to protecting valuable items.

All you need to know about High Security Safes

This article gives you the information you need on Eurograde Ratings and what they mean to you. We outline what distinguishes a high security safe from a standard safe and look at some of the important standards and certifications to look out for. This guide will help you decide whether you need a Eurograde rated safe and what grade to choose, from Eurograde 0 (£6,000) to Eurograde 6 (£150,000).

What is a Fire Data Safe?

Data loss can be a disaster for a business. While a standard fire safe can protect conventional paper documents against the effects of heat and water from firefighting efforts, data stored on removable media (CDs, DVDs, magnetic media, tapes or flash drives, for example) can be completely destroyed. This guide gives you vital information on safes that can protect your valuable data in the event of a fire.

What are Hotel Safes?

Hotel safes give guests peace of mind by allowing them to deposit their valuables in a secure location. Indeed, the lack of a safe could be a deal-breaker for some security-conscious guests in choosing to stay at your hotel. Because of the unique ethical, legal and insurance issues involved in offering this kind of facility for guests, it's important to choose a secure, well-designed safe. This guide looks at both lobby safes and safes for use in hotel rooms.

Industrial

How to choose a Locker

Lockers offer basic security for personal items, clothes and equipment. When choosing a locker, you'll need to factor in a number of different considerations: what will be stored there, who will be using the lockers and what conditions they'll be exposed to. From school lockers through uniform lockers to industrial storage and cabinets for hazardous materials, this handy overview will help you make the best choice.

How to choose a Key Cabinet

Key cabinets range from simple mild steel storage boxes intended to deter only the most casual theft to sturdy cases with multiple anti-theft defences. The array of different options can be confusing, initially; in this article, we outline the different types of key cabinet on offer, with information on construction and lock types as well as tips on proper installation.

How to choose a Convex Blindspot Mirror

A convex blindspot mirror lets you keep an eye on areas of your premises that would otherwise be hidden from view behind obstacles such as shelving units or parked vehicles. By mounting a convex mirror, you can monitor activity in these concealed areas more effectively. Different mirrors are available for different situations, such as indoors or outdoors, wall mounted or mounted on a pole. In this article, we'll give you the information you need to choose a convex blindspot mirror that's appropriate for your needs.

How to protect your Car Keys

How safe are your car keys? A thief with access to the keys to your vehicle can steal anything that you have left inside, as well as taking the vehicle itself. Of particular interest to customers in the vehicle rental or motor industry, this guide discusses different options for keeping vehicle keys secure when not in use, including conventional and electronic key safes and tips on choosing the right key cabinet.

What is a Convex Mirror?

This handy FAQ answers the most common queries regarding convex mirrors, whether you are considering a mirror or already have some installed. Learn about angles of reflection, the differences between mirrors for indoor and outdoor use, different materials such as acrylic and how to keep a convex mirror clean.

Road Markings in Car Parks

Our guide to road markings for car parks offers helpful information on regulations and recommendations regarding road markings, including bay widths and types of marking. Learn about the right materials for road markings and the correct types of lines to use. We offer information on the relationship between good road markings and safety issues.

The Essentials of Bike Storage

Racks, sheds and stands where bikes can be properly secured are the first line of defence against cycle theft. Choosing the right type is important, as some older varieties are less secure and have features that could cause damage to bicycles. Here we look at the many different options available for securing bikes when not in use, from outdoor solutions such as shelters and racks to lockable sheds.

Data Backup and Safe Storage

Most businesses have data backup systems in place; but backing up your data is only part of the story. Data backups need to be regular and effective. If your backups aren't kept in a secure location (preferably offsite), you could lose valuable data - and you may not be in compliance with regulations governing data storage. Here is a list of crucial questions that businesses need to ask themselves about the security of their data backups.

Safety at Work

Workplace injuries take a major toll on employees and businesses alike. Without adequate health and safety measures, a business can lose valuable working days due to ill-health and injury. In some circumstances, a business may even be held legally responsible for an employee's injury and be forced to pay compensation. This guide outlines some of the major workplace safety considerations and how to address them effectively.

Crowd and Queue Control Systems

While large crowds may be desirable from the perspective of extra sales, they can wreak havoc if you're not prepared for them. Any public venue needs proper queuing and crowd control measures to safeguard against the anxiety and irritation that customers may experience when they're in a crowded environment. Inadequate crowd control can have serious implications for health and safety; an out-of-control crowd can mean injury and even death. While queues can often be managed using flexible barriers such as ropes and fabric strips, some circumstances may call for more sturdy barriers that can resist physical damage.

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