nhtana (Sazcttc LEISURE Sunday, October 27, 2002 - E-5 GOBLINS i Follow the directions on page E-l of toda/s Family Leisure to turn these featuers into a goblin mask. Home security: Tips for selecting the best safe for your house By FRANCES HEINS Albany Times Union A residential safe allows you to keep valuables and important documents such as birth certificates, passports and insurance papers in your home, without the risk of losing them or having to run to a bank safe deposit box each time you need them. When selecting a safe, plan on spending from $300 to $700, depending on size and degree of security. Safe interiors are fire-rated for one to two hours depending on the number of hours they can withstand fire without contents being damaged. "If you live in an urban setting, a one-hour rated safe would be adequate because fire departments are closer," said David Monk, operations manager for Wolfe Safe & Lock in Schenectady, N.Y. "If you live in a rural area, you might want to choose a more expensive safe with a two-hour fire rating as it will take the firefighters longer to reach your house." To protect disks, tapes and photos, which can be damaged at "temperatures as low as 125 or at 80 percent humidity, you'll need to buy a safe specifically made for storing media. Also keep in mind that burglars know how to rifle through a house or apartment with great speed, and can find and dash off with your safe in no time. To that end, it's wise to bolt a safe to the floor. However, Gary Mangione, vice president of Joseph P. Mangione Locksmiths in Troy, N.Y., said that you can't simply drill holes for the screws, because you can ruin the safe's fire rating. "Some safes are made to be bolted down with an internal anchoring system," he said. "You can also get a bolt-down kit, where the screws don't penetrate the wall or floor of the safe." The safe experts also advise that if you plan to locate your safe in a humid place such as the cellar, place moisture absorbing packets inside it to keep the contents from becoming moldy, even if they are in vacuum- sealed pouches. "No matter what kind you buy, make sure that it's large enough for all your needs," said Mangione. "Don't undersizc yourself, because you always find that you want to put more in it."
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