What if I lose my key to my fireproof safe?

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What if I lose my key to my fireproof safe?
Fireproof safes keep belongings safe, but without a key those belongings are out of reach. (Safe box image by Raulmahón from Fotolia.com)

Fireproof safes can keep personal documents safe from fire and theft. Without the key or combination for the safe, however, they will keep your personal belongings from you.

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Contacting the Safe Manufacturer

For certain fireproof safe manufacturers, such as Sentry, accessing a locked safe is as easy as getting a new key from the company. To ensure you are able to do this whenever the need arises, record the model, lock and serial number exclusive to your safe. When you lose your key or forget the combination contact the manufacturer online or by phone to order replacements or to reset the combination.


Most likely, you will not be able to use a crowbar or similar device to gain access to your safe, though it may be worth a try in an emergency. It may be possible to have a locksmith unlock the safe, depending on the specifications of the safe. Call a local locksmith to come to your home or bring the safe, if small enough, to a locksmith to have him unlock the safe.

Fireproof Safe Tips

When purchasing a safe, keep in mind that where there is fire there is usually water. Therefore, you should check to ensure that the safe is also waterproof to protect your belongings. To avoid lost keys consider getting a safe with a combination lock as opposed to keys, and pick a combination you can remember while under pressure.

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