Monday, February 16, 2015

Keeping Seniors Safe (w/a Combination Fire Safe #Giveaway) #MasterLockProtects

Disclosure: I received a product to help facilitate the review. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

Years ago, when I was a teen in high school, I remember my grandfather telling us the story of a young man trying to help him up to the porch. He'd only been right there on the walkway leading to his house, he certainly didn't need help. But he was elderly, and had always walked slower than others, having a noticeable drag to his leg from a bout with Polio he'd had in his youth. In short, he was an easy target. 

My grandfather told that young man several times that he didn't need assistance, and even told him flat out to go away. The man tried to force his way up to 'help' my grandfather anyway, reaching for his elbow...and then my grandmother just happened to look out of the window. She came out and shooed the guy off just as his hand was tugging at my grandfather's back pocket, where his wallet was kept. Thankfully nothing was stolen, the police were notified, and our story had a happy ending. What I remember though, was the feeling of despair I had, in thinking about how violated and helpless he must have felt in the moment. 


Master Lock Shares Advice for Senior Safety as Part of an Ongoing Campaign to Keep Consumers Safe through Every Stage of Life

With nearly 50 million citizens age 65 and older living in the United States and Canada, seniors represent one of the fastest growing population segments, but also a demographic commonly targeted for crime. As the senior populations continues to increase---it's expected to nearly double by 2050 in the U.S. and 2035 in Canada---so too does the need for senior safety education. As part of the brand's ongoing commitment to keep consumers safe through every life stage and season, Master Lock offers its top safety tips for seniors.

"The senior demographic faces a unique set of security concerns and are also the most fearful of crime," said Rebecca Smith, Vice President of Marketing for Master Lock. "We aim to not only educate this group about potential security risks, but to give them the tools they need to be - and feel - safe and secure."

1. Be Alert When Out and About: Property crimes represent the highest share of crimes against those 65 and older--nearly nine of out ten--according to the National Elder Law Network. Master Lock recommends that seniors be alert and aware of their surroundings when out of the house and to keep valuables protected. For example, always lock cars, even if they'll only be unattended for a few minutes. Keep packages and valuables out of sight, and always check the area around your car before entering or exiting. When out in public, women should wear their purses close to their body and men should carry their wallet in an inside coat or front pant pocket.

2. Lock Up Home Safety: Typically a place of comfort and refuge, seniors should never have to worry about safety in their own home. For added protection beyond traditional door and window locks, safeguard sliding glass and patio doors with the added strength of Master Lock 265DCCSEN Door Security Bar and consider a home alarm system to alert against intruders. Keep doors locked both when you're home and away, but allow access to a friend of family member in case of emergency by storing a spare key in a trusted key safe, such as the Master Lock 5422D Key Safe.

3. Secure Personal Items in a Group Home Environment: Misplaced or stolen belongings are a frequent complaint of nursing home residents. Keep valuables safe by storing them in an easy-to-use, locked safe. Be sure only you and a trusted companion know the combination. Small items, such as credit cards, jewelry or cash, fit in the portable Master Lock 5900D SafeSpace, while larger items, like documents or memorabilia, can be stored in a fire-resistant safe from Sentry Safe.

4. Protect Against Identity Theft: Mature consumers (aged 50 and over) represent the largest demographic of identity theft victims, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Why? Consumers in this age group typically have more assets than younger consumers, making them ideal targets.

Reduce your risk by never carrying your social security card; shredding documents that contain any identifying information; keeping personal information such as bank statements, Medicare statements and social security numbers in a locked safe; and storing credit card numbers in a safe location for easy retrieval if they're lost or stolen. The Master Lock Vault--a free, digital safe deposit box--is a secure, reliable location for storing credit card numbers and digital copies of important documents for easy access from any smart phone or computer.

5. Think Twice Before Divulging Personal Information: Seniors are also major targets of fraud, such as telemarketing scams, according to the American Association of Retired Persons. Follow the general rule of thumb that if an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true. Never rush into signing anything, and never give your credit card, Social Security, Medicare or bank account details to anyone over the phone. When in doubt, check with the Better Business Bureau or police.

For more safety tips and products, visit the Master Lock website at www.masterlock.com or the Master Lock Facebook page at www.facebook.com/masterlock

The Giveaway

One lucky reader is going to get a Sentry Extra Large Combination Fire Safe,
Big thanks to Master Lock!

To help with the ongoing mission for safety, Master Lock is giving away a Sentry Extra Large Combination Fire Safe (Model Number: SFW123CS) to one lucky Mail4Rosey reader.

The inside has a multi-position shelf to customize your space.

The safe comes with all kinds of dandy features, including a multi-position shelf that moves easily along the plastic slides built into the side.

Key Holder and Pocket on Side Door

The side door has a built-in pocket and a key holder. These are both great for storing and organization and they help keep the smaller things very easily accessible.

Combination Lock for reliable access to your valuables.

The safe itself is made of steel and weighs 90lbs. That means it's nice and sturdy and hard to pick up (which is a good thing). It has a mechanical combination lock on the front, larger-than-normal bolts on the side, and a pry resistant hinge bar. It is also impact resistant. The measurements on it are 17.8 in x 16.3 in x 19.3 in for the exterior; 13.8 in x 12.6 in x 11.9 in for the interior; and 1.23 cu ft. for capacity. The safe is UL Classified to survive in a fire for up to one hour at 1700-degrees-Fahrenheit, and it is ETL verified water resistant in up to 8-inches of water for up to 24 hours.

This is a great safe to have in your home, or to give to a loved one whom you know might need it or feel more secure having it.

You can learn more about SentrySafes by visiting their website. You can also follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter.

This is a fast giveaway, ending 2/26. US entrants only.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

176 comments:

  1. Oh boy, what a great giveaway. You know how much I hate to sign up for all of this, but I did this time. Well somewhat that is.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. I have done so many of these that most of the entries are already done for me. This is one worth all the extras though. This safe is amazing.

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    2. Yep, this one was done for me and boy am I glad because I'd love to win this LOL

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  2. Oh what I wouldn't do to be able to win this. I'm actually in the market for a new safe to store all our documents. This is awesome!

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  3. They have quite a bit of options on this site and they are having a President's Day sale!

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  4. Wow this sounds wonderful. It's perfect for lots of people I know so I will have to let them know. It's so important to keep important documents safe and sound!

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  5. I'd love to try: Water & Fire-Resistant Our current safe is over flowing. We need another one.

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  6. It is such a good idea to have something like this for important documents - I think I really need to think about getting something. x

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  7. That's such a scary story about your grandfather. I'm glad he was ok. This looks like a great safe. Perfect for any family.

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  8. That's like an uber safe! I really love that thing. It would be perfect for protecting important documents and family photos. Thanks!

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  9. cool. my gramma is the one i think of...and her need of security....
    i doubt she could remember the pass code though..ha..
    but you do have to think on these things...

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  10. you can never be too safe. Your tips are great. I just might get that safe after all

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  11. I love these. I always worry about my important papers getting stolen or burned if there is a fire. I love the idea of a safe. I also like the fire chest.

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  12. Master Lock has always been known for their security. Their products are trusted in our home.

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  13. I have been telling Chris for ages that I want to get a fire proof safe. You just never know and some things I want protected.

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  14. Hard to pick up is sure a good thing. Plus nice to have fireproof just in case things burn

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  15. What a terrifying story of your grandparents! I would be horrified if anything like that happened :/ I just can't imagine. Keeping safe is so important!

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  16. My dad's home was burglarized a few years ago, when he was in his eighties. It was so scary! I'm glad that Masterlock has products to help protect seniors.

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  17. I learned they make it thru fire and floods and I would be wise to get one.

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  18. You know, this is a good idea since my home is in assisted living at the moment. I hadn't thought about theft, but that makes sense to protect against it.

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  19. think it's quite important to have a safe at home to keep valuables and important documents. One can never be too secured!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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  20. Thanks for sharing such great tips. I know keeping my grandmother safe is top priority.

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  21. Safes are definitely good to have. We have one of these. Best investment!

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  22. Thank you for sharing this. Is never a bad idea to have one of these around the house. We have one similar but not as nice as this one.

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  23. Oh wow. That is so scary!! It is good there are ways to be protected! Amber N

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  24. My parents are seniors and every day someone calls them and tries to get them to give out their info. Scary to think about someone breaking in. It's really sad that so many elderly people are targets for criminals.

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  25. I think a safe is great for anyone to have. I'd love to win this.

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  26. I love the size of it! Master Lock has really amazing safe products!

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  27. I would love a XX LARGE EXECUTIVE DIGITAL FIRE SAFE for so many things!

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  28. It's always better to be safe than sorry. Investing in a senior safety to protect seniors from fraudulence and secure them at home is great. There will be less worrying.

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  29. Urgh, how could a person prey on elderly disabled people and live with themselves?

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  30. I love that large safe! I think it'd be great for everyone!

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  31. This is a great thing, I feel like every home should have one somewhere. I'd prefer a smaller one myself, but that's only because I would keep pictures and documents in it.

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  32. That's a pretty sweet safe! I think it's so important for every house to have one to keep their important papers and valuables locked in!

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  33. extremely safe in fire and anything else that comes its way
    sharon shafran

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  34. I think we all need one of these. That is a great way for some peace of mind

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  35. Oohh I’ve been saving for this safe! I really need one for important documents, etc!

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  36. I like the LETTER VERTICAL 2-DRAWER FIRE FILE. I think it would be a great way to keep papers both organized and safe.

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  37. I was just telling the hubs that we should get a fire proof safe! How funny :)

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  38. We have a safe very similar to this in our home and I feel better having it. It is great to store documents in, not just cash.

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  39. I love how awesome this is. I think it's cool that they even have a gun proof safe

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  40. I'm impressed that you can register and create a MySentrySafe profile so you’ll never forget your combination again
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    {in the contest I am Margot Core on the Rafflecopter}

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  41. Great give away,This looks like a great safe to have.

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  42. Great giveaway! I've still been trying to save up to get a safe for the house.

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  43. Great points on your list for seniors - never thought about a lot of these, especially since my mother-in-law lived in a group home - and all of the other points are great for each of us

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  44. What a great safe! We have a smaller one that we keep passports in, but it'd be great to have a larger one to hold all our important documents. I had no idea that they have a fireproof gun safe, too. That would be awesome for my Dad's collection.

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  45. I had no idea how many different styles and models they offer! I so want one!

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  46. I learned that Sentry Safe survived a tornado intact! OMG! scain54(at)aol(dot)com

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  47. I love all of the options available! Even one with an alarm!

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  48. I learned since 1930, SentrySafe has been a family-owned American business.

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  49. I love how many different products they have. I had no idea they have safes made just for storing documents. Great idea!

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  50. I liked that it showed how fire proof they are. Thankyou

    candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

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  51. That is an amazing giveaway. We have a small safe for personal things such as our important documents.

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  52. We travel 6 months of the year so this safe would really come in handy. Too bad that the giveaway isn't open to Canadians.

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

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  53. I would love to win one. Having a safe is very important: you never know

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  54. This would be great for our family, we have a lot of people coming and going while the house is being shown. Documents are important to keep safe.

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  55. We could really use a secure safe like this to keep all our documents.

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  56. I love that size of safe! They also have some nice smaller ones to carry in your car etc.

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  57. They have so many to choose from.I like that they are fire and waterproof.

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  58. I like the medium capacity diversion safe

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  59. Omg this is an awesome giveaway!!! I would love to have one of these safes

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  60. Those are some great tips for safety. Sounds like a good safe to look into getting soon.

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  61. This looks like a nice safe. It doesn't appear to be one that can be bolted to the floor though. I would like one like that.

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  62. You can never be too careful. It seems like seniors are so often targeted. Great tips!

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  63. I love the look and capacity and that they are fire and waterproof. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

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  64. I'm heading over to SentrySafes to check them out.

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  65. I need one of these. I had a small fireproof safe which was a small lockbox style. Our house was broke in to a few years ago and believe it or not, they were able to bust the lock with a crow bar. The police found it miles down the road, most of my contents that were irreplaceable were missing.

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  66. I have a very similar safe, by the same company installed in my home. I think it's important to have a fire proof/resistant safe for the important documents.

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  67. We've been thinking of getting a safety box for all out personal belongings. This one looks perfect!

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  68. We really need a safe. I love that this is fireproof.

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  69. We have actually been looking into buying a safe, thanks for this recommendation.

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  70. I like that they offer safes with so many different features and strong protection!

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  71. I've been wanting to get a safe for awhile now. I love that this one is not only durable, but it's also fireproof - a must!

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  72. we got a safe and it's great knowing our docs are safe. Next we need is a shredder

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  73. What an awesome giveaway. We need one because ours is already old. I'll definitely enter. Good luck to me!

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  74. I learned that there are safes made for different classifications. Water, fire, explosion are some.

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  75. I would like to have the Extra Large Tubular Lock File to store my important papers in

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  76. I like the SentrySafe Fire-Resistant Gun Safes. I would love to get my son one for his family.

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  77. Not only do they make amazing safes; they are an American company with American customer service.

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  78. I like that they offer different levels of protection.

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  79. I like the Large privacy file, I would like to keep some important documents in there

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  80. I would like to get Sentry Safe's KEEP/SAFE Fire Chest KS2100

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  81. These are some great tips. We have to look out for our older generation.

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  82. i Found out they have a safe with an alarm .

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  83. Not only can Sentry Safes be purchased online you can also purchase locally at Walmart

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  84. I love that they are fireproof.
    Brittney House

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  85. Wow this sounds wonderful! My husband and I are definitely in need of a new safe like this!

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  86. We have a small easily portable safe that we put our important documents in. I would love to have the XX LARGE 26 GUN SAFE.

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  87. I learned the safes are made in the USA!

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  88. I learned they have a safe for just about everyone's needs.

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  89. I learned some of the safes have audible alarms

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  90. I like their Big Bolt Fire Safes!!!

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  91. I like the Extra Large Biometric Fire Safe.

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  92. Great give away,This looks like a great safe to have.

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  93. That safe looks very secure! I agree that everyone should have one, especially the elderly.

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  94. I learned that I can purchase safes at my local Home Depot or Lowes. I like that some safes have an audible alarm.

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  95. I would like to have the Sentry Safe Security Safe
    Item #SENX075

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  96. I did not know there were so many choices when it comes to safes. I learned there are even some that are rated for fire and floods. That's what we need since we live on a small peninsula. Thanks!

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  97. I like the extra large privacy file storage for my home office.

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  98. I love the SentrySafe Fire-Resistant Gun Safe. This could fit everything I have :) No guns, but all my possessions :)

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  99. I like the LARGE PRIVACY LOCK CHEST. Thank you!!
    crystalfaulkner2000 at yahoo dot com

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  100. I so need one of these! I love the large privacy lock chest.It would be perfect for our needs.

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  101. I learned that the fire safe I want is also water safe. That makes sense but I never thought about it.

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  102. I like the Small Portable Key Lock Safe. This would be great to keep extra money looked up in a safeway.

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  103. SentrySafe pioneered the fire safe with unique proprietary fire insulation. The main component of the insulation is cement with special additives that allow it to trap millions and millions of water molecules in the cement.

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  104. WATER DAMAGE is one of the most common claims on home insurance and it is estimated that your home has a 26% chance of being damaged by a flood during the course of a 30-year period. (National Flood Insurance Program)

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  105. I like the Guardian Storage Box for important documents
    Thanks for the chance

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  106. I could really use the medium capacity diversion safe

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  107. I learned that they're based in the US and are family owned.

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  108. I like the GuardianTM Storage Box which is the first long-term storage container specifically designed to protect its contents from fire, flood and more

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  109. For a product to earn a UL classification, the documents/items stored inside must remain completely undamaged after being subjected to ½ hour (1550°F (843°C), 1 hour (1700°F (927°C) or 2 hours (1850°F (1010°C) of fire exposure.

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  110. I learned that SentrySafe has been a family-owned American business since 1930!

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  111. I learned that SentrySafe has been a family-owned.And i like the alarms

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  112. I learned that you can fill in your information and submit for a key replacement online. That is great!
    addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com
    Ashley C

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  113. I would like to get the Large Guardian Storage Box.

    rtrexel@gmail.com

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  114. Wow, you can register and retrieve your combination if you forget it. That is great for an old timer like me.

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  115. I like the drawer safe!

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  116. I learned you can buy them a alot of places fron Amazon to Walmart.

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  117. I learned that it is American made which is important to me and that it has an alarm on it which is very handy. I would love to own a safe like this...

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  118. I learned that Sentry Safe safes can withstand temperatures ranging from 1,150°F to 1,850°F, and they are put through grueling tests to make sure they can stand up to anything!

    babydjs_mom@yahoo.com

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  119. I learned that they have lots of sizes, I definitely need one!

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  120. i learned its fire and water proof ty ;)

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  121. I learned that Sentry Safe's have waterproof guarantee!

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  122. I like the Executive Digital Fireproof safe also - I've been wanting one of these

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  123. I like the large tubular lock file.

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  124. I like many of their safes. One I would like to have is the Medium Floor Safe.

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  125. I learned that Sentry®Safe products undergo ETL Semko testing. ETL Semko is an independent testing firm which verifies products are in compliance with the manufacturer's specifications for fire endurance. Thanks.
    partymix25(at)Hotmail(dot)com

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  126. I love the Guardian Storage Box it is perfect to keep files safe

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  127. I learned that it is fire and water safe.

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  128. The vapor barrier keeps the interior of the safe below 250°, well below the temperature that paper will burn or DVDs or other digital media will melt.

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  129. I have some long term items I want to secure. I found the LARGE GUARDIAN STORAGE BOX GB20L that provides long term fire and water protection. I've never seen the product before but would be interested in a few.

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  130. I like that they can come with alarms. Extra security!

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  131. Wow! They offer a good variety of safes. I especially liked the alarm safe that will go off even if someone tries to lift it. I like the fact that the safe in this giveaway is heavy so it can't be stolen as easily as someone may think.

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  132. My husband would love their fireproof gun safes!

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  133. Every 19 seconds a fire department in the United States is responding to a fire.

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  134. I thought about fire damage but I hadn't thought about water damage. I don't know if the safe I have now is waterproof like these are.

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  135. i like the LARGE GUARDIAN STORAGE BOX

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  136. The executive digital file safe is nice.

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  137. I would like to have one of their fire files , their super

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  138. I learned that the safe can withstand heat up to 1,550˚F.

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  139. I think that it is really cool that they have file cabinets that are waterproof and fireproof.

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  140. I learned they have fire reistant gun safes

    JOE GERSCH

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  141. I learned that the products are heated to specified temperatures and then dropped 15 feet or 30 feet onto rubble, cooled, inverted, and reheated. In order to pass the test, the product must remain closed and the contents must be intact and usable.

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  142. i love that they are fire and waterproof

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  143. I like that they sell a safe with an alarm

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  144. I like that they are fireproof and water safe.

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  145. I love their digital fire safe and actually so many others. Have been looking for a safe to lock up personal valuable things as well as to put all medications in. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  146. What a great giveaway!!!!
    I love that they also carry fire safe GUN SAFES!

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  147. I like that it is fire and water proof

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  148. I like that the new Sentrysafe Alarm Safe is equipped with a loud Alarm to help protect you in case of theft. It also has protection against fire and flood.

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  149. I like the SentrySafe $50,000 Fire Protection Guarantee.

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  150. I like that the side door has a built-in pocket and a key holder.

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  151. They have a "Safes 101" section. It has lots of information for you to pick your perfect safe.

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  152. I learned every 19 seconds a fire department in the United States is responding to a fire!

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  153. I like the Portable Laptop Safe.

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  154. kellythompson747@gmail

    learnes some are waterproof and some are fireproof and some are digital and some use keys.

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  155. I learned that most of their safes are waterproof and fireproof. You can enroll to get up to $50,000 fire protection guaranteed.

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  156. I learned that the GuardianTM Storage Box is both water and fire proof! So awesome!

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  157. I like it is fire proof and I really like the Fire Resistant Gun Safe too

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  158. the safes are not only fire resistant but theyre imapct resistant as well

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  159. I learned that Sentry Safe has partnered with Sherwin-Williams to develop a water-based touch up paint for the fire-resistant safes, which reduces solvent usage by 98%, and hazardous waste disposal by 89%.

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  160. I learned that not only is it safe from fires but it is safe from flooding. Many people never think about floods.
    timothyj228@gmail.com

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  161. I learned that the vapor barrier keeps the interior of the safe below 250°, well below the temperature that paper will burn or DVDs or other digital media will melt.
    vikki.billings@yahoo.com

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  162. I love the variety of products they have. Something for every need and taste. This is a great, trusted brand.
    tridingermckee at gmail dot com

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  163. Thank You for the giveaway… we like the Large Digital Security Safe; perfect size to store laptops, small electronic equipment, etc. at a small business.

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  164. I also like the 5900D – SafeSpace Portable Personal Safe!

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  165. I like that they are water and fireproof. They have so many options to choose from.

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  166. I like their Portable laptop safe, large that fits most standard laptops.

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