Every gun owner should understand that their firearms need to be properly and legally stored. However, you also need to make sure that your ammunition is properly stored. In most states, this simply means having to keep ammunition in a secure container and kept in a place that cannot be reached by unauthorised people.
However, it's even smarter to keep your ammunition in a fireproof safe, and here are just three reasons why.
1. Won't Deter Firefighters
If a firefighter thinks that his team might be harmed by entering a home, they will almost certainly try to control the blaze without actually entering. Unfortunately, this can drastically reduce their ability to control the fire, and it might even be fatal if someone is trapped inside. If you have ammunition in the house that is not within a fireproof safe, it's highly likely that the shells will start to explode when the fire reaches them. Since the forced created by each explosion won't be pressurized like it would be inside the barrel of a gun, it's unlikely that those shells will do any damage, but the sound of exploding ammunition can quickly deter any firefighter from entering the property, and it's hard to blame them.
2. Protects Your Ammunition
Modern ammunition won't fail very often; that said, it does need to be stored in a certain environment. Ammunition likes to be kept in locations that are clean, dry, and temperature-regulated. A safe will meet all those requirements since, once shut, it will be cut off from moisture, dirt and dust. Your ammunition won't be nearly as likely to fail when it is kept in such an environment. Of course, your ammunition will also be protected if a fire breaks out. Protected from the temperatures outside the safe, it should be perfectly safe to use once the blaze has been put out. This will be a particularly compelling advantage if you have lots of shells, especially rarer or more expensive ones.
3. Keeps Your Ammunition Out of Other People's Hands
Finally, you'll enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing that other people won't be able to get their hands on your ammunition. Of course, you don't need to worry as much about ammunition getting into the wrong hands as you do about a gun, but it's still well worth keeping it protected. This is a benefit you'll receive with any kind of safe, but the additional benefits of having a fireproof safe speak for themselves.