Retailer Frequently Asked Questions | Secure Home

Retailer Frequently Asked Questions

What is the BHMA Certified Secure Home™ label, and what does it mean?

The BHMA Certified Secure Home label is designed to make it easier for homeowners to select hardware – specifically locks and deadbolts – that is best suited for their specific home needs. In buying hardware with this label, homeowners can be assured that they are purchasing products that have been tested and certified to the highest quality standards when it comes to the safety of their home, and that the hardware will perform to their expectations.

What do the ratings mean?

In order for a lock or deadbolt to be considered for BHMA Certification, it must first go through rigorous testing for security, durability and finish. As such, there are standards for locks and deadbolts that set progressive levels of performance requirements for these types of hardware, along with corresponding ratings for each levels (C=Good, B=Better, A=Best). If a product is capable of meeting the specific performance requirements for security, durability and finish that have been set forth in its respective standard, it is given an A, B or C rating in each category (based on how it performed). It’s important to note that any product bearing the BHMA Certified Secure Home label is of utmost quality, regardless of the rating combination it displays.

What does the BHMA Certified Secure Home label mean for me as a retailer?

The BHMA Certified Secure Home label helps you better assist your customers when it comes to meeting their hardware needs. In providing products with the BHMA Certified Secure Home label, your customers can easily identify which door hardware product(s) have the ratings combination best suited for their family, room type and, even, climate!

Why did BHMA develop the Certified Secure Home label?

While BHMA is known for developing and maintaining performance standards for commercial hardware, some of these standards include information that can be used for residential hardware as well. In 2014, BHMA determined that the requirements and needs for residential products were different enough from those of commercial products and that, in order to set the highest possible requirements for each type, it would prove best to separate them. The purpose of the Secure Home program is not only to make it easier for homeowners to buy hardware, but for them to understand the importance of purchasing hardware that is certified.

What is the significance of BHMA Certification?

The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) is the only organization accredited by the America National Standards Institute (ANSI), to develop and maintain performance standards for door hardware. Any product bearing the BHMA Certified Secure Home label has been tested and audited according to these standards—the highest in the industry—to ensure product quality

Are there products other than locks and deadbolts that are eligible for BHMA Certification?

Right now, there are only two standards for residential hardware: ANSI/BHMA A156.39 Residential Locksets and Latches and ANSI/BHMA A156.40 Residential Deadbolts. BHMA expects to develop a residential standard for hinges in the near future, and other hardware used for residential applications – like thresholds, screen door holders or gaskets – will be considered for standard development as well.

What resources are available to me to help educate my customers about the label?

To help you better understand the program, BHMA has developed two (2) infographics that explain how to read the BHMA Certified Secure Home label and how consumers can use the label when buying locksets and deadbolts. BHMA has also developed an educational website,, which is home to all the information you need to know about BHMA and the Secure Home label. BHMA also has the Certified Secure Home label available in Spanish, French, Spanish/English and French/English versions to help you better serve customers who may not speak English as their first language.