Are you just starting out your search for a proper safe and having a difficult time deciding what kind of safe would work best for your home or office? There’s many kinds of safes on the market today, of many different sizes and constructions. In this blog entry, I’ll give you a short guide as to what sort of safes might best fit your needs.
Are you searching for safes that provide fire protection?
Fire safes consist of two sheet metal boxes, one somewhat smaller than the other, with insulation between them. It can also be a metallic safe with a fire board mounted on the inside. Safes that only carry fire protection don’t always make the most burglary resistant safes.
Are you looking for burglary protection?
Burglary safes are made of thick steel or iron bodies, but they heat up rapidly in fires, usually charring or burning whatever is inside it in the event of a fire.
Are you looking for both fire and burglary protection?
Safes that have both fire and burglary protection are available; they have the fire board installed inside thick steel or iron walls, with a poured filling that insulates the valuables inside from temperature fluctuations.
Are you searching for a safe with a particular security rating?
When giving you an insurance policy, companies might require that you buy a safe that meets the company’s standard qualifications. These qualifications vary based on security levels, which are determined by the safe manufacturer. The most widely known and used lab that performs these ratings are Underwriters Laboratories, or UL. When safes past any kind of test, they are given a label which is then mounted onto the safe so you know that it qualifies. When you’re searching for safes with a particular security or fire-proof grade, make sure to look for labels.
When safes are tested for fire resistance at UL, they are placed inside a furnace, which is brought to the specific heat meant for the test (which varies depending on what safe is being tested.) They heat the safe for a specific time, and when the time is up, they lift up the safe to a height of two to three stories, and drop it onto concrete. The safe is then brought back into the furnace, where it is heated up again to the specific temperature. If the safe is still intact, then it passes the test.
When safes are tested for burglary resistance at UL, they are rigorously tested with a range of contemporary code breaking tools, as well as being subjected to old fashioned physical lock manipulation. The safe must resist all the tester’s attempts to gain access for a specified amount of time (the time spent with the tools actually in the safe, not including the time it takes to change tools etc…) in order to meet necessary.. security qualifications.