Fire Resistant Safes
Most fire rated safes have minimal burglary resistance, and are designed to protect
valuable paperwork or other sensitive materials from loss due to fire. Normal
documents may be protected by a unit designed to keep the interior temperature
below 350 degrees. Computer data or other sensitive items may require a special
"data" safe which keeps the interior temperature below 150 degrees.
These safes should not be used to store valuable assets or items sensitive to moisture,
unless the safe is specifically designed to do so. Safes on our site listed as Fire &
Burglary are suitable for the storage of valuables in addition to their fire rating.
Safes can be rated by a variety of sources. The image to the right shows the UL
standards for safes which carry a UL fire rating.
Many of our US built safes carry UL fire ratings. Most of our imported safes carry ratings
from their country of origin.
Some safes, especially gun safes, carry independent manufacturer ratings.
Burglary Resistant Safes
A burglary rated safe is designed to protect assets from theft. Some burglar rated safes are not
fireproof (steel plate units), but some will carry both a fire and theft rating (composite units). If you
are insuring assets kept inside a safe, it is best to contact your insurance representative to
ensure the proper safe rating required for your policy.
RSC: Residential Security Container. The minimum rating which should be used to protect assets from theft. This rating is usually not accepted for business use.
Ability to withstand 5 full minutes of rigorous prying, punching, chiseling, and tampering attacks by UL technicians with a hammer and screwdriver.
B Rate: Usually the safe door is 1/2 inch steel plate, and the safe body is 1/4 inch steel plate. Approximate insurance rating for up to $2,000 cash or liquid assets,
or up to $10,000 in merchandise.
C Rate: Usually the safe door is 1 inch steel plate, and the safe body is 1/2 inch steel plate. Approximate insurance rating for up to $5,000 cash or liquid assets, or
up to $50,000 in merchandise.
TL-15 (E Rate): Successfully resist entry for a net assault time of 15 minutes when attacked with common hand tools, picking tools, mechanical or portable electric
tools, grinders, drills, or pressure devices. Approximate insurance rating for up to $10,000 cash or liquid assets, or up to $100,000 in merchandise. DEA approved
for drug storage.
TL-30 (F Rate): Same as TL-15 for a time period of 30 minutes. Approximate insurance rating for up to $30,000 cash or liquid assets, or up to $300,000 in
merchandise. DEA approved for drug storage.
Add "TR" as prefix to indicate resistance to cutting torch "TRTL-30"
Add "X6" as suffix to indicate rating on all 6 sides "TL-15X6"
Add "TX" as prefix to indicate resistance to explosives "TXTL-60"
Peace of mind comes with the right safe. A false sense of security comes with the wrong safe. There are good reasons that some safes cost $100, and other safes
cost $10,000. You will get the protection you pay for, and no more. We hope your safe is never put to the test. But if it is, the decision you will make regarding which
safe to purchase is very important.
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