First Alert 2096DF Waterproof Fire Safe with Digital Lock Review


There are some consumer products which are exceptionally versatile in nature. A well-built, high quality safe is certainly a product that falls into this category. A safe can be utilized for many different storage purposes. Whether you are interested in protecting and storing valuable items, important documents or information, firearms and weapons, or any other important materials, a durable safe is a must-have product.

While most safes will have the general storage capabilities that a consumer would expect, there are some models that simply go above and beyond in terms of overall product durability and features. One particular safe model that fits these characteristics will be discussed here in this descriptive First Alert 2096DF Waterproof Fire Safe with Digital Lock review. This is a safe that is designed to hold up and retain its structural integrity in the face of extreme conditions.

Two of the main stand-out features which are present on the First Alert 2096DF safe are of course its exceptional fire resistance, and its waterproof seal. Firstly, the 2096DF's fire resistance is more impressive than many competing products. This is because the 2096DF has been rated by Underwriters Laboratories to have the capability to withstand outer temperatures of roughly 1,700 degrees F over the span of an hour.

Additionally, when the 2096DF is exposed to the extreme heat of a building or house fire this safe will be able to maintain an internal temperature of about 350 degrees F for an hour or more. The benefit that this feature presents to the consumer is clear. This safe can maintain internal temperatures during a fire that will not damage important documents or valuables, meaning the safe owner will likely be able to salvage the contents of their safe after a fire has occurred.

This is a feature that not all safe models have, and is an important selling point for those safe buyers who are especially concerned about preserving materials even in the unlikely event of a building fire. Let's say that your house is on fire, and firefighters have arrived to put out the blaze. Assuming that all family members are accounted for, there is going to be great peace of mind in knowing that your valuables will be intact and capable of being recovered if they are stored in a First Alert 2096DF.

Features of the First Alert 2096DF Waterproof Fire Safe with Digital Lock

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Waterproof Seal Allows for Safe Storage and Easy Recovery

The First Alert 2096DF safe is also waterproof. This is made possible by a proprietary waterproof seal design which comes standard with the First Alert 2096DF. This seal design is meant to hold its integrity even when the safe is fully submerged in water, which is also a feature that is not found on all safe designs.

The waterproof seal design on the 2096DF is yet another reason why this safe is an especially attractive model for those consumers who are concerned about water or fire damage to their valuable belongings.

An additional benefit of this waterproof seal design found on the First Alert 2096DF is that in the event that the safe would submerge under water, the 100% waterproof seal will allow for the safe to float on top of the water making it much easier to find during a search.

Safeguards for Electronic Media Storage

In addition to being be exceptionally fire resistant as well as being 100% waterproof, the First Alert 2096DF has also been verified by a third party to have the capability of protecting electronic media as well Whether you are protecting an external hard drive, a compact disc with important data on it, a memory drive, or some other kind of electronic media, you can be sure that it will be safe inside of the First Alert 2096DF.

Even in the event of an intense building fire, the 2096DF has the ability to preserve the integrity of electronic data This is an especially beneficial feature to have for those consumers who intend to store electronic media in their safe.

Safe Security with Digital Lock System

Another important security feature on the 2096DF is the digital lock system and emergency override key. This unit comes standard with a customizable digital lock system with a sleek, integrated keypad design. The digital lock system is easy to use, and simple to set up. Owners of the 2096DF will have the ability to choose their own password to the digital lock system, and passwords can be anywhere from three to eight digits, depending on the level of security desired by the safe owner.

If an even greater level of security is desired by the safe owner, then the lock system can be set up in such a way as to require both a hard key and a password as well This provides the consumer with the added benefit of extra security measures on their safe.

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What We Liked

  • Smart digital lock system, with hard key backup.
  • Ease of transport via wheel system and built-in lift-up handle.
  • Pry-resistant hinges and solid resin construction.

​​​​What We Didn’t Like

  • At almost 150Ibs, this safe can be difficult for some people to move (could be a positive aspect too, since a thief would have a difficult time removing this safe from a home or business).

Technical Details

  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 23 x 19 inches
  • Item Weight: 145 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 149 pounds
  • Size: 2.14 Cubic Foot
  • Color: Grey
  • Style: With Carrying Handle
  • Material: ABS Plastic, Cement, Steel
  • Certification: UL

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does this safe have the ability to be fastened to a wall to provide extra security?
The First Alert 2096DF does have the ability to be fastened to a wall via holes in the back of the unit that can serve as mounting holes.

Q: Is there some kind of override feature if I forget the code to open my safe?
Yes, the First Alert 2096DF has an emergency override feature that allows the safe owner to access the contents of the safe by using a hard-key entry even if they have forgotten the safe password.

Final Verdict

The First Alert 2096DF waterproof fire safe with digital lock is a perfect product for any consumer who is in need of a small to medium sized personal safe system. One that goes beyond the minimalist features and oversimplified designs that some safe models have to offer. This is a safe that is designed for security even in the toughest of conditions, such as a building fire or heavy flooding.

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