Can a Gun Safe Be Kept in an Unheated Garage?

A gun safe may be kept in an unheated garage, but there are some concerns that a conscientious gun owner should take care of prior to storing any firearms in the safe.

Security

A quality gun safe helps protect your guns from harm.A quality gun safe helps protect your guns from harm.
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A gun safe should not be located close to the door, or in a place where it is visible to others as you take the firearms in and out. A corner of the garage where any potential thief has limited access is ideal.

Surrounding Area

Power tools should not be kept in the same garage as the safe, as this just helps any thief break into the safe. Cans of paint, paint thinner, gasoline or any other volatiles should not be kept near the safe, and neither should any lumber or wooden objects. A fire is likely to do greater damage to the firearms if it burns hotter near the safe.

Moisture

Rust is a destroyer of firearms, and a unheated garage may allow moisture inside, especially if the safe is against an outside wall. Use a wand-type dehumidifier or a gel desiccant within the safe to keep moisture away.

About the Author

Jack Burton started writing professionally in 1980 with articles in "Word from Jerusalem," "ICEJ Daily News" and Tagalong Garden News. He has managed radio stations, TV studios and newspapers, and was the chief fundraiser for Taltree Arboretum. Burton holds a B.S. in broadcasting from John Brown University. He is a 26-year veteran of the U.S. Navy/Navy Reserves and the Navy Seabees.