Storing important documents and valuables in a regular safe does not guarantee they’re protected in a fire. As reliable as safes are against theft and forceful attempts to access the contents, you can’t guarantee the condition of flammable and heat-sensitive items such as cash, paper files, and digital media. This is why many businesses and homes invest in more durable storage options such as fireproof safes.
Fireproof isn’t a one-size-fits-all description of how well your contents are protected. The most widely used method used to evaluate a product’s performance in high-heat environments is the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) fire testing.Read more
These ratings are based on how well a safe can withstand varying furnace temperatures and for how long. Below are examples of different UL fire ratings and what they mean:
- UL Class 350 1 Hour - The interior of the safe will maintain a temperature below 350° Fahrenheit (approx. 176.6° Celsius) for at least one hour in a fire.
- UL Class 350 2 Hour - The interior temperature will remain below 350° F for at least 2 hours in a fire.
- UL Class 350 3 Hour (or more) - The interior temperature will remain below 350° F for at least 3 hours, 4 hours, or more in a fire depending on the fire rating.
The importance of “Class 350” is that most paper items will char starting at approximately 387° F and burst into flames at approximately 451° F.
Other fire resistance ratings include the Korea Industrial Standards (K.I.S.) and Private Laboratory Testing. Both are also reliable when it comes to fire protection. The UL class of fire protection, however, is considered the most complete fire testing and therefore more widely used.
Protect Your Belongings with 100% Genuine Fireproof Safes from Buy-A-Safe
If you’re on a budget, a fireproof safe with at least one hour of fire protection will provide decent protection for your valuables and documents. Here at Buy-A-Safe, we sell an extensive range of both home and commercial-grade fireproof safes to fit every budget. When it comes to protecting your assets, we’ve got you covered at Buy-A-Safe.
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