Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Review: Master Lock Key Safe

Daniel and I have two keys to our home, and most of the time that's enough. But a couple of times per year, we have family visiting, and during those times we're always passing keys back and forth, or, worse, forgetting to pass keys back and forth, leaving someone stranded.  Thankfully, I'm now all set for our next family visit, thanks to our new key safe from Master Lock. Here's a bit about this great product:
  • Portable key safe
  • Holds up to 5 keys for house or car in a convenient location for regular use
  • Portable, over the door knob mount for convenience
  • Set-your-own 4-digit combination for keyless convenience and increased security
  • 3-1/4" (83mm) wide durable metal construction
  • Shutter door protects combination dials from weather, dirt and grime
  • Molded body and vinyl coated shackle prevent scratching
This key safe is seriously sturdy. No one is going to be breaking it off the door or into the safe itself, that's for sure! I was also impressed by how much space there was inside the key safe.
The key safe with my (fairly large) house keys inside

Safely locked up!

This is a handy thing to have for family visits, and I know it's also going to be really useful when the kids get older and start going places on their own.  It would also be great for people who have petsitters visiting or cleaning people. No more worries about lost keys!

Master Lock, the maker of this key safe, has some advice for keeping your family safe. Here's that information:

Master Lock offers these five key guidelines to help balance family safety with a busy schedule:
1. Embrace the key safe. If your children will be coming home to an empty house after school, or you need to provide secure access to your home for the family dog walker, a key safe such as the 5400D will safely store your house key for easy entry, and eliminate the risk of family members or authorized visitors losing a copy of your key while in transit. Simply set your own easy-to-remember combination on a key safe, and have peace of mind that family members and authorized visitors can enter your home safely when needed.
2. Talk to your children about a "home alone" routine. If your child gets home from school while you are still at work, or if your family is involved in a variety of activities on weekends, it's important to have guidelines for your children to follow when home alone, including locking the door immediately behind them after entering the house, not spending time outside without a parent home and not answering the door for any visitors.
3. Share schedules. Be sure that your family is aware of each other's schedules including work, school and extracurricular activities. Keeping a calendar updated with everyone's activities in a common room such as the kitchen will prevent miscommunication about who will be home and when.
4. Lock up while on the go. We carry valuables with us at all times. Encourage your children to store cash, jewelry, cell phones or other small valuables in a secure container such as the SafeSpace® (5900D) or MiniSafe™ (5408D) when at sports practice or other after school and weekend activities. Parents should also secure similar valuables when watching their children's games, heading out for a Saturday morning walk at the local forest preserve or going for coffee on the weekends. These products safely hold your valuables and can also be secured to a fixed object, allowing you or your children to enjoy various activities carefree.
5. Stay safe in the digital space. Use secure passwords and store them well. As your virtual world continues to grow, it's tempting to utilize one, easy-to-remember password for access to all of your important on-line accounts; however, this puts you at a greater risk for a security breach. Instead, create more secure passwords by varying the code for each of your accounts, and using a combination of letters and numbers in each of your passwords. Then, store all your confidential data including these user names and passwords in the Master Lock Vault. By remembering one user name and one password for your Vault, you will have 24/7 secure access to your confidential information through the website or smart phone app. With the highest level of on-line security available today, the Master Lock Vault ensures your important information is safe and secure, and available to you anytime, anywhere.
For more information about these on-the-go and other security solutions, please visit Master Lock's website at or the Master Lock Facebook page at Visit to utilize the free, secure online data storage application and download a smart phone app for easy access on the go -- an ideal place to keep important bank account and other information.

Disclosure: I received the key safe to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.