Fireproof safes provide an important line of defense against fire

January 27th, 2009

Fireproof Safes

Storing your valuable documents and other valuable items in a safe is a good idea, whether at your home or your business.  But are you sure you’re using a fireproof safe?  Because all is for nought if you’re not and you suffer a fire at your home or business.   You’ll need to look for a safe that carries a fireproof rating.  These ratings are usually  specified in hours and tell how long a safe will protect your valuables under fire conditions.  For example,  a 1 hour fire rating means that the safe has been subjected to a 1700 degree F fire for a period of 1 hour, and the temperature inside the safe did not rise above 350 degrees F.

And just as important – the humidity did not rise above 80% – this means that your valuable are also protected from the harmful effects of the water used to put out the fire.  Fireproof safes are constructed with special insulating materials designed to keep temperatures low inside the safe, and have special heat-expanding door seals to protect from water damage.   They’re available in all sizes and shapes, and with several different types of locking mechanisms.  You can get both mechanical and electronic locks on fireproof safes.  So check today and see if the safe(s) you’re using are fire rated.   For more information on fireproof safes.

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