How to use a safe combination

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How to use a safe combination
A quality safe is fireproof and waterproof. (safe image by goce risteski from

Combination safes are a secure way to house your valuables as long as you keep your combination key to yourself. Since combination safes do not require keys, they can never be stolen or lost. Most of these types of safes open by entering a set of three, double-digit numbers in the correct order. If you enter the sequence out of order, or fail to clear the lock before entering the combination, you will find your access denied. Learn how to clear, open and clear the lock again so you can access your safe quickly while maintaining your security.

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Things you need

  • Combination
  • Safe

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  1. 1

    Clear the lock by turning the combination dial four full times to the left or counter clockwise.

  2. 2

    Stop the dial on the fourth turn to the first number in the sequence. Your safe’s dial arrow should line up under the number.

  3. 3

    Turn the dial to the right two full times, and then steer the dial’s arrow to the second number of your sequence.

  4. 4

    Spin the dial gently back to the left passing the third number in the sequence once and landing on it the second time.

  5. 5

    Open the door of the safe by turning the handle or pulling on the door. Remove or place your items inside the safe.

  6. 6

    Close the door of the safe and spin the dial several times to the right.

Tips and warnings

  • Do the turns in reverse if this does not open your safe.
  • Store your combination in a safe place like a bank safety deposit box.

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