How To Move A Safe – Guide Update for 2023
Moving a safe is not always a straight forward job, there are many factors to consider before attempting to move your own safe, most importantly is the risk of serious injury to yourself or others. Safes can be extremely heavy and should be moved using the correct technique and equipment, operatives should have the correct safety wear, ie steel toe cap boots to protect your feet, and gloves to protect your hands.
Damage to your safe
It is possible that damage can be caused to your safe whilst moving it, the most obvious damage would be to the handle or lock mounted to the front of the safe, this can be easily knocked on door frames or if the safe is dropped on its face it will almost certainly need replacing. The inner workings of safes can also be rather delicate, on some models of safes there can be glass plates known as AED’s. They are in place to protect your safe against attack, these glass plates are highly effective and once shattered they lock the safe up with small spring loaded locking devises, this means that even with the key or code for your safe you will still not be able to access it without the help of a professional safe engineer, this can also be very costly! If whilst moving a safe it is accidentally dropped it can in some cases shatter the glass plates causing the problems described above. We have been called out on many occasions to assist in opening safes after they have been moved and damaged.
Damage to property
When removing or installing safes it can be very easy to damage property. Damage to walls and door frames is easily caused due to the sharp, solid corners of safes. Floor protection should be used where necessary to prevent carpets from being marked and in some cases torn, tiled floors need extra care when passing over with safes as the weight of the safe can sometimes crack tiles. If the safe will be placed in a lift at any point of its journey it is advisable to check the weight loading capacity of the lift and insure that the safe does not exceed this.
Use a professional service
If you do decide that the job of moving a safe without professional help seems to much of a risk please do not hesitate to contact us. You can rest assured that every risk of safe moving is always considered by our team and we are very experienced in the job that we do. All of our vehicles always carry every piece of equipment that we may need to move your safe. We also have all insurances in place in case anything should ever be damaged so you as a customer will have a stress free service from us. We can also provide free site surveys to asses the job and also answer any questions you may have.