Anti-arson letterboxes work exceptionally well at preventing fires from attempted arson attacks. But as a property owner, you may wonder if an anti-arson letterbox is really worth the investment.
Let’s go through the benefits, so you can decide if you need one now, or in the future.
Arson attacks are a nasty business.
We place so much importance on security for email and other digital communication, that we may have taken our eye off the humble letterbox. It has always been a vulnerable entryway into our homes, but that doesn’t mean we should leave it unprotected.
Arson attacks endanger lives and property, and they don’t need forethought or careful planning.
Petrol poured through the letterbox and set alight with a lit rag is often enough to cause serious damage before the alarm can be raised.
In the case of an arson attack through the front door, the fire will actually block the main route of escape.
Extra Peace of Mind
Anti-arson letterboxes are practical, compact, but large enough to hold your daily post and newspapers. They can be affixed to most domestic letterboxes, as well as those in schools, businesses, and warehouses.
Depending on your security concerns and business needs, some anti-arson letterboxes can fix to the outside of the building, and others can receive larger volumes of post.
The principal benefit of using an anti-arson letterbox is the safety of the property against fire hazards. But an item like this also provides peace of mind against other dangers.
The contents behind the door are just as vulnerable to theft as they are to flames.
The extra layer of protection stops outsiders using your letterbox to ‘fish’ out keys and other personal objects from your home.
An anti-arson letterbox also guards against pets (or children) getting to and destroying your post! You can also relax knowing that little fingers (or paws) are safe from getting trapped.
Why Do I need an Anti-Arson Letterbox?
Rather than screwing your letterbox shut, an anti-arson letterbox provides a neat solution to home security.
Different varieties exist, but most provide a fire-resistant container to receive and store whatever is posted through your existing letterbox.
The most popular designs have an automatic fire extinguisher fitted inside them. If the extinguisher is discharged, you can replace it.
Any burning object ‘posted’ through will activate the hidden extinguisher, containing and putting out the flames within seconds.
Your post can be easily retrieved, and unwanted items can be cleanly disposed of.
So why doesn’t everyone use them?
There are two answers to this.
The first is that they don’t come ‘as standard’, and are another bolt-on to worry about when furnishing your property.
The second is that, actually, more people use them than you may realize.
Old-fashioned cages built to retrieve post are being phased out and replaced with the less conspicuous anti-arson letterboxes which do a better job.
Keep an eye out for them when you’re next out and about; they’ll be on the buildings that are safe and open for business.