Fireproof safes are designed to provide security and protection against fire and heat for a range of items. All our fireproof safes are suitable for the storage of important paper documents such as passports and photographs, however many are also suitable for protecting digital media such as CDs, DVDs and memory sticks. Some safes will also protect magnetic media such as data tapes which are more susceptible to heat. Fire safes keep the internal temperature cool enough to protect the contents within for 30 to 120 minutes (dependent on the rating chosen), and vary in size and cost to suit different applications.
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Fireproof safes, also called fire safes, are used to protect documents, digital media and data carriers, and valuables from the flames, smoke and hot gasses generated by a blaze. Whilst paper begins to char at 177°C and digital media such as USB sticks and CDs can sustain temperatures up to 120°C, cellulose materials such as photo negatives and film start to degrade at 66°C.
Most fire safes are designed to protect paper documents and digital media, however there are a selection that are capable of protecting more vulnerable contents such as magnetic media and the aforementioned cellulose materials. Safes offer different fire ratings indicated by their classification to outline the level of protection that can be provided. Our range of fire safes specify a fire protection rating between 30 minutes and 120 minutes, often in respect of limiting the internal temperature in a fire situation. Many also carry an insurance rating for cash and valuables.
You may want a safe to store your valuables for insurance purposes, or just for your own peace of mind, however there are a number of factors which need to be considered before making a purchase. Manufacturers will usually provide a suggested overnight insurance rating which refers to the amount of cash or valuables that an insurer will usually cover when it’s kept in the safe. The valuables rating is typically 10 times higher than the cash rating and is usually a good indication of the security level that the safe can provide. It is important to know what safe specifications your insurance company requires before you make a purchase.
Often, insurance companies will also request that the chosen safe be bolted to the floor or wall, and installed properly according to the manufacturer’s instructions (usually by a professional) to prevent removal. Not all safes are suitable for bolting down so be certain that the safe being purchased has been pre-drilled or is suitable for drilling.
Predominantly important for insurance purposes, some safes allow for the option of base fixing to a floor or wall. Those that do offer this option will usually be pre-drilled, or supplied with instructions for drilling, and a fixing kit for a professional to carry out the installation.
When installed correctly (according to the manufacturer's instructions), fire ratings will not be affected however bolting down will void any water resistance that the safe claims to have.