Liberty’s FATBOY Safe Beats Thieves 3 Times in 3 Days

Thieves burglarizing a home in Maine succeeded in hauling off everything that wasn’t nailed down, but failed to break open a Liberty safe after three separate tries, according to home owner, Ron.

While the family was on vacation, police notified Ron that his home had been burglarized. Investigators discovered Liberty’s top-of-the-line Fatboy Jr. had been hammered and pried but was not opened. Over the following two days, thieves returned with heavier implements to break open the safe, failing each time.


“The Fatboy wore them down,” Ron said. “While it was totaled, they never were successful in opening it.”

Photos provided to the police show evidence that the 2-year-old safe received pounding and prying, the handle was broken off, and deep scuff marks from assorted implements had marred the outside, but there was no violation of the integrity of the safe.

Ron took advantage of Liberty’s lifetime warranty to help him replace the damaged Fatboy Jr. with a full-sized upgrade of the same series. “I can’t say enough for the security offered by theFatboy Jr.,” Ron wrote. “I am going to replace it with a Fatboy, for the sake of the extra space.”

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Liberty Safe Survives Whole-house Fire

Liberty Centurion safe proved its value after a terrible fire destroyed a
family home in Arkansas. “If it wasn’t for the safe we would have lost everything,”
said homeowner Alice.

Alice’s safe was fire-rated for 30 minutes. Fortunately for her family, the fire
department was close by and was able to knock down the fire within 30 minutes.
Many house fires last longer than half an hour, and some people suffer losses
for lack of a higher-rated fire safe. While many safe buyers give too little thought
to fire ratings, Liberty has a solution.

“Which Safe Is Best For Me?”

is an on-line quiz now available at Important questions to consider include, Is your local fire department far away? Is it a volunteer force? Does it service a large city with few or no backup fire crews available?
Are their fire hydrants nearby?

Alice’s experience illustrates the importance of pre-planning. Had that fire lasted longer than 30 minutes, the safe’s contents would not have fared as well. Alice is living proof that preparing for the worst pays off in a big way. For others, it drives home the point that under-preparing for the worst is close to no preparation at all.


Liberty Versus the Oklahoma Tornado

Even with Oklahoma’s tornado season winding down for 2013, those who live in tornado alley know the threat remains whenever the sky clouds over. This year was a particularly unusual season with some terrible storms that took lives and ruined others.

The biggest culprit in 2013 was the Moore tornado, officially designated an F5 storm. The Fujita scale rates tornadoes according to the destruction they leave behind. Experts say an Enhanced F5 tornado represents the upper limit of tornado power. Its destruction is almost always total.

They say an F5 will pull well-built homes “off their foundations and into the air before shredding them, flinging the wreckage for miles and sweeping the foundation clean.”  Most materials are reduced to a coarse mix of small or granular particles spread evenly over the damage path. Heavy farm equipment weighing many tons are mangled beyond recognition and deposited miles away. Skyscrapers are twisted, whole communities leveled, and asphalt can be stripped from roadbeds.

When the Moore tornado touched down on May 20, 2013, to begin its 39-minute, 17-mile long rampage, its winds exceeded 210 miles per hour, killing 24 people and injuring 377 others.

When the storm passed and people emerged into the light to see what was left of their lives, those in Moore found nothing left standing except the swept remains of losses that will mount into the billions.

At one location, however, a home owner discovered an encouraging ray of hope, a monumental vestige of courage upon which to rebuild and restart life. It was a well-built Liberty safe, bolted to its foundation as instructed, standing like an immovable sentinel on a cement slab with the blasted remains, bricks and debris littered about to prove that a house once stood there.

Fortunately for this family, there, behind that locked Liberty door, securely held safe and harmless, were the most precious remains of their earthly belongings—all else was otherwise obliterated into tons of waste. Everything that mattered the most to them, next to family and pets, was safe and sound inside that Liberty safe.

These photos show the devastation created by an F5 tornado. When residents were finally allowed to return to their homes, no one else could have been more surprised than Bud Wilkinson. He saw from a distance a singular dark object standing amidst the rubble of his former home. What could it be? When he got closer, he saw it was a Liberty safe stoically holding its ground.

For Bud, the idea of preparation was hammered home in a very real way. After all, it wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark, and it wasn’t blowing when Liberty shipped a safe to a beautiful family home nestled in Moore, Oklahoma.

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Peace of Mind for Scott in Arkansas

Most people never get close enough to a house fire to experience the tremendous heat of loss and tragedy that home owners witness first hand. The charred remains become a spectacle for the curious who come by afterwards to gawk and wonder, shaking their heads as if they’re immune from such disasters.

But unknown to most stickybeaks who remain unmoved by such conflagrations is that there’s a quiet a peace of mind in the hearts and souls of those homeowners who prepare for such disaster.

Take, for example, Scott in Arkansas. His beautiful home caught fire on May 31, 2013, and it was a complete and total loss—pictures on the walls, the piano, the TVs, the computers, the beds, toothbrushes, medicines, light fixtures, carpet, clothing, work boots, pots, pans, everything.

After the insurance investigators released the house, Scott and his family were able to go through the charred rubble to see if anything was left. It took only a few minutes of kicking through the destruction when suddenly, the light of hope went on in Scott’s head and he knew exactly what he needed to do. He pulled out his cell phone and called Liberty’s customer help to find out how to open his safe. The combination-lock  mechanism had melted off.

Customer service put Scott in touch with a local locksmith who helped him get to his valuables. The on-site insurance investigator was not encouraging as the lock smith went to work. Scott writes, “The investigator kept telling me not to expect to salvage anything out of the safe.” The investigator was pretty sour about things. “After 18 years of investigating fires,” the investigator told Scott, “the safes never seem to stand up to the destruction of a fire and the water from the fire trucks.”

And then the safe was opened. Every jaw on every person watching the process just dropped, they couldn’t believe what they saw. The photos below show what greeted them in the midst of the smoldering sorrow and loss.

Scott said that when the investigator saw how well his Liberty Safe had protected his guns and documents, the man said he didn’t need any more convincing, he was on his way to go buy a Liberty safe.

Scott’s letter concludes with, “JOB WELL DONE!!!”

Liberty offers an assortment of safes with fire ratings of up to 2.5 hours. But there’s more than that. Quality engineering is why Liberty is the world’s leader in home safe sales, with an average sale of one safe purchased somewhere in the U.S. every 90 seconds.

The story of Scott of Arkansas has a happy ending because he subscribed to the axiom, “It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark,” and now he’s part of a new axiom: “It wasn’t burning when Scott bought his safe.”


Ammo In A Fire

Liberty Safe is frequently asked about the affects of fire on a box of bullets. Do they “fire” and send lead flying in all directions? The answer is no, according to Vincent Di Maio in his interesting book, “Gunshot Wounds.”

AMBIENT HEAT DOESN’T “FIRE” BULLETS: After several experiments (using a total of 202 cartridges for handgun, center-fire rifle and shotgun cartridges), Di Maio reported that ammunition by itself that was heated in an oven never “fired.” That is, the primers did not detonate, but the cartridges themselves would rupture. After heating the cartridges until they exploded, Di Maio removed the primers (which did not detonate in the furnace) and reloaded them into other brass. When loaded into a gun, they fired just fine.

Di Maio says heat will rupture the cartridges at these temperatures:

.22 long rifle cartridges detonate at about 275 degrees F.

.38 Specials detonate at 290 degrees F.

12 gauge shotgun shells detonate at 387 degrees F.

The main danger from exploding cartridges is the potential of flying brass that can cause eye and skin injuries, depending on the type of shell/bullet.

CHAMBERED ROUNDS STILL FIRE: However, if a round is chambered in a gun and placed in a fire, Di Maio reported that such rounds can indeed detonate and the bullet will leave the barrel at lethal speeds, roughly the same as simply pulling the trigger under normal circumstances.

Di Maio’s additional experiments with a propane torch showed that intense, direct fire can detonate a primer but in such instances the powder typically didn’t burn all the way. Under those circumstances, gasses didn’t push the bullet out of the cartridge as designed, but instead vented out the primer hole. In the case of shotgun shells, the pellets were ejected at a much slower velocity than under normal conditions.

LIBERTY HAS THE ANSWER: The great advantage of storing ammunition in a Liberty Safe is that regardless of the duration or temperatures of a fire, your locked safe will contain any flying fragments from cartridges that might rupture. It’s another layer of peace of mind that Liberty offers—that should a fire break out, you won’t have bullets flying around or shell fragments injuring those police officers and fire fighters who come to your aid.