SentrySafe Fire Safe Review and Giveaway


Recently I received something really, really heavy via FedEx. It’s a heavy duty safe. SentrySafe (Facebook | Twitter) wants me to review their new fire safe and also give one away on my dad blog. The safe I received is not one of those small, brief-case size safe. It’s a good size one and is almost big enough for my toddler to squeeze in there. It’s about 90 pounds (too bad for thieves) and about 1.2 cubic-foot in size. The new safe also features a pry resistant hinge bar and bolts that are 60% bigger than the ones on traditional safes.

Here’s another nice feature of the new Big Bolts safe. It’s insured against fire damage. Not only will SentrySafe replace your safe if it is damaged, they will also reimburse you for the fair market value of valuables stored in their safe if they are destroyed or damaged in a fire. The new SentrySafe should be arriving in stores this month.

SentrySafe Fire Safe - SFW123CS

Using a safe isn’t something most dads or moms think about. I know I don’t. But they sure do come in handy in the event of a burglary or fire. I didn’t try to set the safe on fire as part of my review, but you can check out a YouTube video of their fire safe testing standards. With a SentrySafe like the one I’m giving away, parents can be relatively certain their valuables are protected. Note: even though the safe is very heavy, you should bolt down your safe. Otherwise, a thief can still use a hand truck to steal your safe. However, even if a thief manages to steal your safe, he would have a very difficult time getting it open.

SentrySafe Fire-Safe Features

  • Multi-position shelf to enable easy organization
  • Key rack, door tray and door pocket for small, easy-to-misplace items
  • Mechanical combination lock (you can recover your combo online)
  • UL Classified for Fire Endurance (1 hour at 1700°F), to protect documents, records, and valuables stored inside from fire damage
  • 60% bigger bolts than traditional safes
  • Pry resistant hinge bar helps provide additional protection from forced entry
  • ETL Verified to pass a 15 foot (4.5 meter) drop test to ensure contents remain intact and locked upon impact
  • ETL Verified for 1 hour fire protection of CDs, DVDs, Memory Sticks and USB Drives up to 1700°F/927°C to protect media in the event of a fire
  • ETL verified for water-resistance in up to 8″ of water for up to 24 hours
  • Bolt down kit included to prevent unauthorized removal
  • Lifetime after-fire replacement guarantee
  • Exterior: 17.8″ (h) x 16.3″ (w) x 19.3″ (d)
  • Interior: 13.8″ (h) x 12.6″ (w) x 11.9″ (d)
  • 34.9cm x 31.9cm x 30.2cm
  • Capacity: 1.23 ft3
  • Weight: 90 pounds

SentrySafe Fire-Safe Giveaway
Thanks to SentrySafe, a reader of my reviews and giveaways blog will win a new SentrySafe. The winner will be randomly selected. The deadline to enter the giveaway is Tuesday, August 9th (Pacific time). The giveaway is limited to readers in the USA. To enter the giveaway, let me know in the comments area what you would hate to lose in a fire (excluding yourself, your family, pets, and your home).

Six Bonus Entries (leave a separate comment for each entry)

  • Like SentrySafe on Facebook (include your Facebook username in the comments area for verification)
  • Follow SentrySafe Twitter (include your Twitter URL or username in the comments area for verification)
  • Subscribe to my blog via email:

    — don’t forget to click on the confirmation link after you subscribe. Note: you still have to be subscribed when I announce the winner.

  • Click on the Facebook like button above the comments area and then on my Facebook page, let me know what you suggest I place in my safe.
  • Follow Daddy Forever on Twitter and tweet out a message like this (or use the retweet button above the comments area):

    I want to win a fire safe from SentrySafe @daddyforever ~

    Include your Twitter URL or username in the comments area for verification. Note: you can tweet multiple times, but you can only claim one bonus entry for the tweets.

  • Write about this giveaway on your blog or Facebook page with a working link to this page: (include your blog post URL or Facebook username for verification)

[Disclosure: The giveaway prize will be provided by SentrySafe, but they are not the administrators of the giveaway on my blog. I am not liable for the prize. I received a SentrySafe for review. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.]


411 thoughts on “SentrySafe Fire Safe Review and Giveaway

  1. I would really hate to lose childhood pictures and wedding pictures of course. I’d probably put old videos in the safe as well.

  2. I would hate to lose my journal in a fire. I have kept a journal for my daughter since she was born. I jot down milestones, share stories and a love letter to her. I could never recreate this item!

  3. I would hate to lose important documents like our passports, house deed, car titles etc.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

  4. Among my important papers I would hate to loose are those papers which would help disaster survivors like insurance documents.

  5. I have some documents and photos but I have my mother’s engagement ring and my grandfather’s wedding ring. They are not worth much monitarily but it means a lot to me and I would hate to lose either of them. That is the only remembrance I have of my grandfather.

  6. Despite all of our technical advancements, much of our official world (government agencies, etc) rely on original paper documents. These would be miserable to have to replace in the event of a fire. Recently we secured our digital documents by creating a trucrypt volume in dropbox, so the digital is secure. Paper world – not so much.

  7. I would really hate to loose all our important papers, like birth certificates, marriage licence, passports, etc.
    I’d also hate to loose some jewelry that was my Mom’s. They’re not worth alot, but they are very sentimental to me.
    Thanks so much.

  8. I’m a FB friend (Margaret E. Smith). Liked this post and posted on your wall.

  9. We had a fire 8 years ago and lost EVERYTHING except what was secured in our Sentry safe. No kidding. Having gone through it once, the only thing I know I’d hate to lose are my official documents and records. I replaced the file safe, but would love to have some more space!

  10. I would hate to lose pictures…my sister died in 1980, my dad in 1998 and my mom last year. Those would be irreplaceable.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  11. I’d hate to lose things like passports, social security cards, etc. that take a lot of effort to replace and can’t be stored digitally.

  12. I would be extremely upset if I couldn’t find my two cats in a fire….too bad they don’t make Sentry Safes for pets! :)

  13. I would hate to lose my pictures of my kids, our birth certificates and car titles, etc. Pictures especially, hand-me-downs from my grandmother.

  14. I would hate to lose my photos and sensitive materials like my marriage certificate and the kids birth certificates.

  15. I would hate to lose important papers (passport, insurance documents, birth certificates, etc.) Yes they can be replaced but such a hassle.

  16. I would hate to lose pictures of my kids growing up, birth certificates, marriage certificate and other important papers. Most of all my family members!

  17. I would hate to lose family photos (several generations, no duplicates anywhere), insurance papers, other important documents, jewelry, etc.

  18. Mostly I’d hate to lose the sonogram pic of my very first (and only) grandbaby!

    I’d also hate to lose my birth certificate, marriage cert, etc since it is such a pain in the neck to get all those things replaced!

    I also have some very beautiful jewlery that is very significant to me that would be hard to replace.

  19. I have a photograph of my grandfather wearing a kilt taken during his Army days that I would hate to lose in a fire.

  20. I would just hate to lose all my photos of my family. I have been wanting to buy one of these for a while now. I keep all my important documents in a safe but need a bigger one for photos!

  21. Contest entry-

    Other than lives and my home…I would hate to lose my jewelry…I have years of collecting there and it would hurt so much…and I actually was thinking of a safe…I’m planning on moving to New York and was thinking that a safe would be a good idea for when I’m out working, etc. This would be an excellent opportunity to try it out!

  22. My Great-Grandfather’s watch. I have nothing of Grandma’s and only the watch from Gramps, so I’d really hate to see something happen to it.

  23. Thanks for the giveaway. I’ve had my eyes on one of these safes for a while. Great write up and info on it. I posted on Facebook under my name Larry Jacobs and “tweeted” the contest which you can see here:!/Marshwin/status/99163825298870272 under user “marshwin”. I subscribe to your blog and went through a confirmation.

    What I would put in there are the important docs – like passport, birth certificates, insurance papers, but also I have an old Yankees cap my granddad used to wear all the time that I inherited when he passed. I’d put that cap in the safe.

    Thanks for the chance to win the safe. Have a great weekend.

  24. I would hate to loose the pictures of my girls when they were babies and their drawings because they are the only ones I will ever have.

  25. I would absolutely hate to deal with the frustrating process of dealing with the redtape of replacing all of the official documents that a family accumulates and simply cannot live without. It would be devestating to lose family keepsakes but we have to have the car and house deeds, the insurance and financial records recreated, the families birth certificates, the SSNs, the educational records … we’re talking migraine here.

    1. sorry – I already went on about what documents we have in our safe. Look at your collectibles – jewelry, watches that deserve protection. Photos should all be scanned in and stored digitally on a 1 or 2 TB hard drive.

  26. I’d hate to lose old childhood photos, wedding memorabilia.

    elizabethglassturner (at) gmail (dot) com

  27. I would hate to lose my archive cds that have all my artwork on them. I’d also hate to loose all the important paperwork that would be a nightmare to try and replace.

  28. I would hate to loose all our vital documents (birth certificates, SS cards etc) but most importantly something that is irreplaceable is my children’s journals. I have wrote to them each night since I first found out I was pregnant with each. My oldest is 5 and I still continue it. That would be horrible to loose!

  29. this safe would be great for myself, being a grand-parent, to hold extracopies of my grand-children’s birth certificates, insurance policies, ect

    facebook / andrea mccloud-legg

  30. This would be great for storing birth certificates, SS cards, and other important documents like account information, etc.! Would love to win this!

  31. What I’d hate to lose in a fire is all the genealogy research and pictures I’ve gathered of ancestors over the years. Also I’m a songwriter and it would be horrid to lose my copies of songs that were cut and the copyright papers. We have it all in a tiny safe now, but the lid is not connected correctly so it’s really just a false sense of security.
    Katharina angelsandmusic[at]gmail[dot]com

  32. I liked this post on Facebook (Katharina Ess) and I posted on your Facebook about what I think you should keep in your safe.
    Katharina angelsandmusic[at]gmail[dot]com

    1. Forgot to mention what I would hate to lose.

      -Mortgage Paperwork
      -Family jewelry
      -Coin collection
      -Social security cards

  33. I would hate to loose all my kids pictures and birth certificates and things of sentimental value.

    ericka082 AT gmail DOT com

  34. The things that I would most hate to lose other than my family is titles, deeds , birth certificates and family pictures.


  35. Family pictures, some family jewelry, some paperwork that could be replaced but might be difficult to remember all of it.

  36. I would hate to lose all the important paperwork we have. Birth Certificates, marriage license, backups to computer, etc.

  37. I would hate to loose my passport, birth certificate, collectable gold and other coins. I also have a few tech products like old hard drives and flash drives that contain important data I would like to protect.

    Thanks for the review :)

  38. I would hate to lose my external hard drive in a fire. My husband and I keep all our photos and important documents, even scans of my grandmother’s recipes in PDF form on that hard drive. I would definitely keep my hard drive in the safe when we’re not using it.

    Thanks for the chance to win! ?

  39. I would put in there Our buffalo Bills season tickets, titles to the cars, my grandmothers wedding and engagement rings, and all our paperwork dealing with lawyers (workers comp and for child support/custody)

  40. I have a lot of paperwork that i dont have a place for. I have birth certificates, SS cards, etc. I would love to have somewhere to keep them safe.

  41. I would most hate to lose our family pictures, birth certificates and important documents in a fire.

    wendym at cableone dot net

  42. I would hate to lose some very old family pictures and also some documents such as birth certificates et c which are a pain to replace.

  43. I would hate to lose family pictures, important documents and a few special kid keepsakes (first teeth, hair cut clippings, etc).

  44. Thanks for the giveaway…we would hate to lose boxes of old B & W family photos, old birth certificates of great grandparents, old family land deeds / documents from the 19th Century, etc. in a fire.

    senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

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