Safes are pretty durable, so there aren't many big things you need to do to keep the body of yours in working shape. But the internal mechanics can be delicate, so that is where you need to be careful. No matter what kind of safe you have--portable, rifle, or bio-metric--there are a few things you should do to keep the safe in good working condition.

Dusting Mechanics

If too much dust settles on the safe's internal components, it can interfere with the complicated locking system. Make a regular habit of blowing all the dust out of visible working components with a pressurized air can made for electronics. Then clear the top of the safe of dust to keep it from puffing up every time you walk by or open the safe.

Regularly Oiling Mechanics

The moving metal parts of your safe's locking mechanisms need to be oiled from time to time to make sure they keep gliding past each other smoothly and quickly. Squeaky, stiff locks can slow down access time, something you don't want in an emergency if you are storing guns in your safe. Any grease or oil meant for locks should be sufficient for your safe.

Usually these oils come in small canisters with pointed applicator tips or in pen-shaped tubes, making it especially easy to apply the lubricant to difficult-to-reach areas. Simply apply the oil to any points where two metal pieces rub each other, move the parts to distribute the oil, and then wipe up excess from the surrounding areas.

Extra Steps for Maintaining a Biometric Safe

Biometric safes are becoming increasingly popular as a quick-access place to store handguns in case of an emergency. However, they have a few extra components that require some special attention. The biggest issues with biometric safes is maintaining the power source and keeping the touch access pad clean.

Monitoring Power Source

Because biometric safes use electronics to open, they need a power source. Smaller portable safes run on battery power, usually 9 volts or something similar, while larger ones may be plugged in. Usually the ones that are plugged in will also have a backup battery power source in case the electricity is out. It is critical to check the battery life on either model regularly to make sure the safe is never left without juice. After all, what good is your gun in an emergency if it's locked up?

Cleaning Key Pad

Biometric safes use either optical or capacitance technology to read your fingerprints, but in either case the reading is done on a small touch pad on the top surface of the safe. Keeping this key pad clean and accessible is important for quick access in an emergency. Make a habit of wiping the touchpad surface with a microfiber cloth regularly to clear it of dust and skin oils, which can become crusty and interfere with the machine reading your fingerprint.

Maintaining a safe is fairly simple, but the steps listed above are important to making sure your safe protects you and your valuables rather than putting you in danger. To learn more, contact a company like A-AAA Locksmiths, LLC with any questions you have.

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