How to Open a Firesafe Safe Without the Key

By Adam Raphael

Updated September 26, 2017

Use paper clips to open a Firesafe safe.
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Firesafe safes are incredibly useful if you have precious documents that need to be kept safe but accessible. The safe has a lock that secures the lid, and in the event of a fire, the lid seals itself shut. The lock is only needed to secure the lid for sealing and is not meant for protection against theft. Therefore, it is not difficult to open the lock manually if you should happen to lose your keys to the safe.

Lay the safe flat on a surface so you can easily access the lock.

Insert the tip of the screwdriver where you would normally put the key.

Turn the screwdriver counter-clockwise until the lock releases.

Straighten out a paper clip, if the screwdriver didn’t release the lock.

Slip one end of the paper clip into the upper part of the lock.

Fit one side of the tweezers into the lock, right beneath the paper clip.

Turn the tweezers until the paper clip and tweezers engage the internal chamber. You will know it is engaged when the tools slide further into the lock.

Turn both the paper clip and the tweezers counter-clockwise until the lock opens.

Items you will need

  • Flathead screwdriver

  • Paper clip

  • Tweezers


Universal keys can be bought for safes.


Do not open the safe without the key too often because you might damage the locking mechanism.