3 questions for dispensaries to consider before purchasing a safe

The cannabis industry is a growing sector with dispensaries opening up everywhere. But with the rise and popularity of marijuana, comes a price. When dispensaries are keeping large amounts of cash on hand, it is a perilous ordeal, especially with the rise in robberies of cannabis dispensaries.

In this feature article on Slyng, we'll go over a few helpful tips to help you purchse a safe for your dispensary or business. Purchasing the right safe for your dispensary will help protect your flowers and cash in case of an emergency. 

Below are some questions to consider before you purchase your safe.

 

1) How are safes rated and what should I look for? 

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When looking up safe's, make sure that each safe is tested by Underwriters Laboratories, a nationally recognized safety testing company. When a safe is given a UL rating, it shows how much protection the safe offers. UL ratings contain two categories: UL fire rating and UL burglary rating.

The UL fire rating measures how long the safe can protect its contents from fires at different temperatures. Typcal ratings are 15 to 30 minutes, with some safes even offer a much higher rating.  Since you may keep heat-sensitive flowers n the safe, it's better to look for higher fire rating.

UL burglary ratings measure how long safes can resist entry using tools and equipments, such as torches and explosives, and can vary in rating from TL-15 to TXTL-60 - the 15 and 60 is for minutes, e.g. how long it would take someone break into the safe. TXTL-60 is the highest UL burglary rating, meaning that a safe can successfully resist forced entry using a variety of methods including explosions for at least 60 minutes. 

Take-away:  Look for the highest UL Fire Rating and UL burglary rating within your budget.

 

2) Security measures and features to look for?

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Internal Door Hinges                                External Door Hinges

Hinges: The weakest part of a safe is the hinge and with an external hinge, it's easier for the bad guys to pry open the door.  You should try to look for safes with internal door hinges since this will further reduce the risk. 

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The 12 Gauge is much thicker than the 14 gauge.

Steel gauge: Steel gauge refers to the thickness of the steel that your safe is comprised of. It is important to try and go for the lowest gauge, as you can for your price range. The lower the gauge number, the thicker the steel is. If protecting your cash from break-in's is a must then this is one of the most important security features to look for. 

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     Composite Steel Door                       Plate Steel Door

Composite Steel vs Plate Steel: 

A composite steel door contains two steel sheets, one in the front, and one in the back. Between these two sheets of steel, drywall, concrete, and sheetrock are usually stuffed as a way to cheapen the expense of fortifying a door. 

A plate steel door is the top of the line. They are literally the strongest of safe doors, there are no extra pieces of thin metal to make it seem stronger.  It is literally just a thick sheet of steel, with no fluff. 

Take-Away: Look for internal door hinges, lowest steel gauges, and plate steel doors. Selecting these three features for your safe will guarantee for your dispensary to be safe from all intrusions and emergencies. 

 

3) Fire Ratings, what are they? 

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Fire ratings refer to the time and temperature a safe can last in the event of a fire. It is much preferred that a safe be at a minimum fire rating of 60 minutes with at least 1200 degrees. If you plan on keeping cash in the safe, it is important to realize that cash burns at 405 degrees, so cheapening out on the fire rating would not be advisable! 

Take-Away: Select a safe with a UL fire rating of at least 60 minutes at 1200 degrees. This will ensure that cash will stay safe for at least an hour. 

 

Our friends over at www.ussafe.com have been selling safes to the dispensary industry for over 8 years. They also have been generous enough to inform us of all the facts and knowledge it takes before purchasing one! So, hopefully this helps the next time you are in search of a safe for your dispensary!