Monthly Archives: December 2013

Gun Accidents in Florida Double the National Average

According to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration and the Florida Department of Health, 4 out of every 10 people who are rushed to a Florida hospital or emergency room with a nonfatal wound were shot by accident. It’s not armed robbers or gangs who send the largest percentage of gunshot survivors to emergency rooms in Florida – its people who accidentally shoot themselves or someone else.

Image of: orange Florida badge that says "The Sunshine State"

What makes this so important is that this problem is far bigger than it is anywhere else in the United States. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Florida gun accidents have been double the national average for the past three years. In the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, gun control has received a massive amount of attention, as 20 first-graders and six adults were killed by a single gunman. It’s important to understand that gunshots actually hurt more people every year than they kill.

According to a recent article and the AHCA, Florida hospitals and emergency rooms last year chalked up more than $57 million in charges for accidental-gunshot survivors, according to AHCA. The average accidental-gunshot patient admitted to a hospital required $85,024 in care, according to the agency, and half of that was borne by government providers such as Medicare and Medicaid.

Many cases include minors who illegally carry guns, violating the state’s ban on minors possessing a gun. While it’s not clear how many households in Florida have guns, it is a fact that offers are finding and seizing a large amount of stolen guns from Florida homes. In order to reduce access to loaded firearms, Florida officials urge families to store firearms safely in secure gun safes.

Sportsman Steel Safes offers various types of gun safes for sale in order to protect your guns from falling into the wrong hands. We currently have free shipping for the remainder of 2013 and we’ll tell you why these types of gun safes are the choice of government agencies such as the FBI and Homeland Security.

Redefining What Fire Resistance Material is for Gun Safes

Many gun safes are made with flame resistant material that’s similar to drywall.  Composed mostly of sheetrock, this drywall-like material can’t withstand the kind of heat magnesium-oxide can.  Magnesium-oxide, the chemical bond responsible for the incredible fire resistant material Sportsman Steel and Pentagon Safe now uses, lasts about 5 times longer than standard sheetrock and 3 times longer than Type X sheetrock.

In the event of a fire, the steel that composes the external part of a safe is the first line of defense.  What the fire-resistant layer beneath it does is serve as a second line of defense between your stored guns and the blazing fire.  If a safe were made without fire resistant material, your most beloved guns would be destroyed very quickly.

In a video made by JetProducts, the company behind the new fire resistant material, a Burn Through Test is conducted.  In the test, a 6,000-degree metal tip flame is used to test the fire resistance of 12mm standard sheetrock, 15mm Type X sheetrock, and Jetboard – the official name of the new material used by Sportsman.  At the end of the test, the results confirm that Jetboard is more reliable than its competitors.  Before the metal tip burns a hole through the three materials, the standard sheetrock lasts 15 seconds, the Type X sheetrock 23 seconds, and the Jetboard 74 seconds.

Watch the Burn Through Test here.

In addition to using the new JetBoard in our gun safes, we also take advantage of the board’s fire resistant qualities when we manufacture our vault doors and safe rooms.

To get a good idea of just how amazing this JetBoard is, it’s worth comparing the temperature of the metal flame tip used in the Burn Through Test and the average temperature of a burning house.  In the Burn Through Test, the flame was 6,000 degrees; in the average house fire, flames reach around 1,200 degrees – still destructive, but 5 times cooler than the flame used in the video.

What this means is that, outside of testing conditions, JetBoard can withstand fire for an extremely long time compared to drywall-like fire resistant materials.

If you’re interested in learning more about this amazing new material, learn more about JetBoard here or give us a call today at 800-266-7150.  Also note that you can add JetBoard to any safe or vault offered by Sportsman Steel Safes.

We’re always happy to explain to you why JetBoard is on the cutting edge of fire protection and why buying guns safes made with this fire resistant material is the only real choice when it comes to responsible gun protection.

Responsible Gun Owners Buy Gun Safes

Articles surface everyday about the many dangers of guns, and how this country should reduce the amount of guns in the hands of Americans.


No matter where you stand on this topic, one thing is certain: if all guns were locked in a safe, there would be less accidents and high school shootings.

A study was done a few years ago that revealed shooting sprees where teenagers were involved, was the product of a family member not having their weapons locked up. The troubled teen found the unsecured weapon and the rest is history. This horrible history could have been avoided if the gun owners would have locked up their weapons in a gun safe.

Most responsible gun owners do buy gun safes. And congrats to them for being responsible. I wish the Press would talk about locking up guns, rather than focusing on gun laws or the great divide between gun owners and non-gun owners. If every gun in America was locked up, I’d bet 70% of gun accidents and random shootings would be avoided.

What are you thoughts? Leave us a comment below.

Gun Safe Buying Tip: Buy Next Largest Size – Here’s Why:

The biggest problem with buying a gun safe is people don’t buy one big enough. You want to save money so you purchase a safe too small, not realizing you’ll have the safe for the rest of your life.

You think you’ll store six guns with a few hand guns and ammo. Then before you know it, you’re packing paperwork, jewelry, cash, cameras, photo albums and everything under the sun in your safe. Then you’re back on the phone buying another gun safe a year later.

So the trick is… find the safe you want and buy the next size up. You’ll never be disappointed. Take a look at this WALK-IN GUN SAFE. It’s 10 times larger than the biggest gun safe and only $7999.

Not sure which safe is right for you? Give us a call: 1-800-266-7150.