A buying guide for security safes and fireproof safes

Fireproof SafeThere is a huge choice of safes in the market and it is difficult and sometimes confusing to make a buying decision without some guidance. We have therefore compiled a short buying guide to help you, although you can of course ring us for advice if you prefer. We are always happy to help.

You may want to purchase a safe due to either an event that has triggered your need to buy a safe or simply because your insurance policy states that you need to have one for your property or business. Ultimately, you purchase a safe to protect an item from being stolen or damaged in the event of a burglary, fire and increasingly flooding.

Most safes will show an insurance rating designed to indicate the level of security that the safe will provide. The higher the insurance rating normally means the more secure the safe is, however you should always check with your insurance underwriter that they will actually cover you for the value you need. Just like all insurance the value may vary depending on you individual circumstances.

You may initially only need a safe to protect cash and valuables, however, many people eventually keep the following items in their safe, so it is important to chose a safe that is big enough!

  • Certificates
  • Deeds
  • Contracts
  • Passports
  • Photo’s – digital or paper
  • Videos – digital
  • Licenses
  • All items/documentation that will help you start again after a fire
  • Backup drives for computers and servers
  • HR files

When purchasing a safe consider what would happen if you lost the key or forgot the code to gain entry. Not all brands offer a key replacement or code retrieval service, which you may need very quickly to gain access to your safe. Safelincs’ suppliers provide a key replacement and code retrieval service to ensure that you can access your safe again quickly (special exceptions apply). You will need to keep some evidence, such as an invoice, about your purchase in a safe place, however this should not be in the safe itself, so that when the need arises you can quickly request a new key or a new access code.

Fireproof Safes

There is a myth that all safes will offer a level of protection against fire, however, because steel is a good conductor of heat, ordinary safes become an oven if exposed to fire and will incinerate its contents unless the safe has a fire resistant barrier in the body and door.

Fireproof safes, also called fire safes, are designed to protect the contents from fire while still providing some level of protection from theft. It’s important that all safes claiming to offer a level of protection from fire have this independently certified from a 3rd party test agency. This is important because you want to be able to trust the safe you have purchased to perform exactly in accordance with the manufacturer’s claims.

Most fire tests will offer 3 levels of fire resistant in terms of time:

  1. Good = 30 mins
  2. Better = 60 mins
  3. Best = 120 mins

The temperatures vary slightly between tests but are mostly:

  1. 843°c
  2. 927°c
  3. 1010°c

The UL (USA) Class 350 test also includes a drop test after burning to ensure the door of the safe doesn’t open if dropped from a height (simulating a floor in a burning building collapsing). The 2 drop tests are:

  1. 15ft (4.5m)
  2. 30ft (9.1m)

Some fire safes in the market also protect its contents from water. There are two grades of water protection. Protection against immersion (flooding) and protection against spray (from a fire fighter’s hose).

We offer a range of specialist fireproof safes for the permanent storage and protection of hard drives. These hard drives stay inside of a fireproof safe and are powered and linked to via a USB connection that passes through the wall of the safe. This allows you to automatically create computer backups to external hard drives which are stored in a fireproof safe without ever having to move or unplug hard drives for backup purposes.

All safes purchased from Safelincs come with free delivery to your door. An indoor delivery can be quoted by us.

Safelincs offers a free replacement after a fire should your safe be affected by a fire.

New fire and waterproof safe section

Traditionally, Safelincs focused on the fire protection for valuables, paper and electronic data, offering a substantial range of fire safes to meet customers’ needs. Through discussions with our customers it emerged that there was a need for fire safes with additional water protection, protecting documents and electronic data carriers in case of floods or in fact from the water used for fire fighting in a blaze. The intumescent seals used in most fire safes, whilst performing fantastically in case of fire, do not help in case of flooding, as they require intense heat to fully seal off the safe.

We have therefore introduced a category of fire and waterproof safes to address this requirements. These safes, certified by ETL, can sit in water for over 24 hours and will remain sealed and dry inside.

We are always looking to improve our product range; should you have a requirement or idea for improved or new products, please let us know and we will try our best to make the changes or introduce new products to meet your needs.

Sentry MS Safes now in stock!

In partnership with Sentry Safe UK, Safelincs are running a limited special offer on the new range of Sentry MS safes.

Designed for both home and office use, these safes are designed to protect digital media such as CDs, DVDs and memory sticks. The Sentry MS range offers 60 minutes protection against fire, has  an overnight insurance rating of £1000 cash and £10 000 valuables and has the capacity to hold up to 75 standard case CD-ROMs and up to 150 jewel case CD-ROMs.

The Sentry MSW0809 model is ETL verified for water resistance in up to 8? of water for up to 24 hours. The safes come with a standard one year guarantee, as well as a replacement lifetime guarantee should the safe ever be involved in a fire.

The MSW0807 is available at £279.00 Inc VAT with free next day delivery. For more information on the MS0807 and our other range of safes, visit www.safelincs.co.uk

Special Offer:WAS £294.99 Inc VAT Now:£279.00 inc VAT

Sentry QE4531 Fire Safe with USB facility – Safelincs Special Offer!

In partnership with Sentry Safe UK, Safelincs are now running a limited special offer on the all new Sentry QE4531 Fire Safe with a unique USB facility.

The safe is designed for both home and office use. The USB facility allows users to connect their hard drive back up direct to their computer whilst still protecting their back up from fire, without the need to change back-up tapes every day.

The Sentry QE4531 offers 120 minutes protection against fire, overnight insurance rating of £1000 cash and £10 000 valuables and is ETL verified for water resistance in up to 8″ of water for up to 24 hours.

For more information, please visit the – Sentry Digital World Fire Safe section on our website

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Special Offer:WAS £380.72 Inc VAT Now:£312.21 inc VAT