How to Open a Star Safe

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Things You'll Need

  • Battery override box

  • Emergency bypass key

You can gain access to a Star safe if you've lost the combination.

Star Safe & Lock operated from 1946 to 2005, when it was bought by FireKing Security Group. If you have forgotten or misplaced the combination to your Star safe, or if you have inherited a Star safe and don't know the combination, you can seek the assistance of a locksmith. But first you can try a couple of methods to try to open the safe yourself.


Bypassing the Batteries

Step 1

Install four new AA batteries in the Power Override Box that came with the safe.

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Step 2

Plug in the Power Override jack. The jack should be attached to the box. Plug it into the port at the bottom of the number keypad.


Step 3

Press the # key. Input the combination, if known. If not, input the factory default: 1-2-3-4. Press the # key. The safe should open.

Use the Round Key

Step 1

Remove the small door panel between the digital keypad and the turning knob.


Step 2

Look behind the panel for a round key hole. Each safe comes with two round keys for emergency opening of the safe.

Step 3

Use one of the round keys to open the safe.


Round keys have identification numbers printed on them. Write down the numbers and keep them in a secure location, away from the keys.


Do not try to take the hinges off the safe door; steel deadbolts prevent the door from being removed and you will only damage the safe.

Entering the wrong combination three times will render the safe locked for 10 minutes with an alarm sounding. This pattern will continue until you enter the correct combination or open the safe using the key.



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