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Do Fireproof Safes Contain Asbestos | Will They Make You Sick?

By USA Safe & Vault July 21, 2021 0 comments


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It is not uncommon for people to be concerned about the safety of fireproof safes. Do they contain asbestos? What are the health risks of using them? Do you need a safe that can withstand fires, or can any old one do? In this blog post, we will answer all these questions and more. We will also discuss some other benefits of having a fireproof safe in your home.


So, do fireproof safes contain asbestos? 

The short answer is no--fireproof safes generally do not contain asbestos. Modern fireproof safes do not, and never have, contained asbestos. However, it is possible that much older safes (before 1989) had asbestos because it was standard practice to use asbestos for heat insulation.  Also, beware of homemade safes as often a DIY owner might have used asbestos because it was once cheap and easily accessible.  

Rather than worry about asbestos, think of all the positives of a safe. Using a safe has many benefits other than just being fire-resistant! Safes protect valuables like cash and jewelry from burglars who might desire these items but would otherwise walk away empty-handed when faced with either a locked safe or a destroyed one. They also protect you from fires, floods, and other natural disasters that might cause damage to your home.

What are the three primary diseases associated with asbestos exposure?

Asbestos is dangerous because of the long term detrimental effects it has on the pulmonary system.  The three diseases most often associated with asbestos exposure are:

  • Mesothelioma

  • Lung cancer

  • Asbestosis, a severe form of lung disease that causes breathing difficulties and can be fatal.

How does asbestos exposure from safe usage affect the user?

Asbestos is not in most modern-day fireproof safes because it has been banned by the EPA since 1989. It was originally used as an insulator for heat protection but its dangerous health effects were well known at this point so there are no longer any products containing asbestos on sale to consumers anywhere in the world today.  



What to do if you think your old safes may contain asbestos 

  • Do not keep your old safe in the same room as where you sleep.

  • Do not use an old safe to store any clothes that may be contaminated with asbestos fibers.

  • Do contact a professional if you are planning on demolishing or remodeling your home, and they will have more information for you about removing or handling these types of materials safely.

What are fireproof safes made of?

Fireproof safes are made of materials like steel and insulating material like gypsum (drywall), concrete, or fibreglass will, which will not burn. Browse our collection of fireproof safes today and choose the safe that meets your specific needs. 

What are old safes made of?

Old safes are likely to be made of wood, and they could contain asbestos. Do not use an old safe if it contains asbestos because the risk is too great.


So, if you are wondering whether or not fireproof safes contain asbestos and the health risks of using them, we recommend that you contact us. We can help guide you in making an informed decision on what safe to purchase for your home. In addition to answering all these questions about safety concerns with a fireproof safe, we also discussed some other benefits of having one in your house.

But how reliable is a fireproof safe? The last thing that you want to do is buy a fireproof safe and find that it doesn’t hold up in a fire. After all, this would defeat the purpose of the safe and be a complete waste of money as well as a huge disappointment.

If you want to avoid the stress that comes along with fire and be sure that your items are safe, you will need a fireproof safe that you can rely on. In this article, we are going to talk you through everything you need to know about fireproof safes and whether they are worth buying."

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