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Choosing The Right Safe

Your choice of product depends on what you want to protect and the type and degree of protection you need. Cash Safes are used to protect cash or valuables such as jewellery. They can also offer a high degree of protection for laptop computers or important documents such as passports. You need to decide on the level of security you want and the whether or not you would like built in fire resistance. A good indication of the level of security that a safe offers is the manufacturer's cash rating. This takes into consideration factors such as the thickness of the safe's walls, lock and bolt work, and construction of the safe. As a guide, the higher the cash rating the more secure the safe. A safe will not offer any fire protection for paper documents unless specifically designed to do so.
If you primarily want to protect documents from fire and pilferage then look in the Fire Protection section of this site. These cabinets typically offer one or two hours fire protection. Locking systems do provide protection from theft but normally do not offer the same level of resistance from attack as a Cash Safe does.
Computer media requires specific protection and needs to be stored in a purpose built Media Cabinet. Most computer disks and tapes should not be exposed to temperatures over 52°C or humidity over 85%. Data Protection Cabinets therefore offer a high level of fire resistance combined with protection from damaging magnetic fields, dust and pilferage.

Cash Ratings

All cash ratings quoted are the manufacturers recommended cash ratings. A cash rating is the amount of cash for which an insurance company will offer overnight cover. The actual amount of cover can vary between insurance companies and locations and may be higher or lower than recommended rating. If this is important to you, you should check what cover your insurance company will offer. The recommended rating is on the basis that the product is installed according to the manufacturers instructions. 

Fire Resistance

Fire resistance is usually measured by the number of minutes a safe or cabinet has been tested to protect its contents when exposed to fire. The longer the period in minutes, the greater the fire resistance offered. This rating is normally obtained by measuring the internal temperature of the safe whilst being exposed to temperatures around 1,000 C in a furnace. The critical temperature before paper records char or combust is about 177 C. Computer media cabinets, however, are tested to maintain internal temperatures below approximately 52 C - which is the maximum temperature most media manufacturers recommend.

Icons Descriptions

Fire Resistant for Paper Fire Resistant (30 - 120 Minutes) Fire Resistant CD/DVD fire Resistant for CD/DVDs Fire Resistant Data Fire Resistant for Memory Cards & Flash Drives
Digital Keylock Digital Electronic Lock Key Lock Key Lock Optional  Changeable Lock Optional Changable Lock
Alarm Fitted Alarm Fitted Optional Fingerprint Lock Optional Fingerprint Lock  
Suitable for CashSuitable for Cash Water Resistant  Water Resistant  
Suitable for LaptopsSuitable for Laptops Fitted with Padlock Fitted with a Padlock Retractable Cable Fitted with a Retractable Steel Cable
CE CertifiedCE Certified  ECB-S Compliant ECB's Compliant  


Test Specifications

Fire Test Standards - The fire test standards below require that the critical maximum temperature of the following media cannot be exceeded.

  1. Paper Records - 175oC
  2. Digital Media - 120oC
  3. Computer Data - 52oC
NT FIRE 017-60 Paper - Requires safe to be heated to 945oC for 1 hour. The maximum temperature inside the cabinet shall not exceed 175oC.
NT FIRE 017-90 Paper - Requires safe to be heated to 1050oC for 90 minutes. The maximum temperature inside the cabinet shall not exceed 175oC.
NT FIRE 017-120 Dis - Requires safe to be heated to 1090oC for 2 hours. The maximum temperature inside the cabinet shall not exceed 52oC.
NT FIRE 017-120 Paper - Requires safe to be heated to 1090oC for 2 hours. The maximum temperature inside the cabinet shall not exceed 175oC.
UL 72 Class 350-60 - Requires safe to be heated to 927oC for 1 hour. Internal temperature must no rise above 175oC.
EN1047-120 Dis - Requires safe to be heated to over 1100oC for 2 hours. Internal temperature shall not exceed 52oC.
EN1143-1 - The European norm for resistance to burglary attack with various resistance grades up to Grade 10.
EN14450-S1 - The European norm for resistance to burglary attack. Grade S1.
EN14450-S2 - The European norm for resistance to burglary attack. Grade S2.
GB16810-1997 - Requires safe to be heated to 945oC for 1 hour. The maximum temperature inside the cabinet shall not exceed 175oC.
LPS 30P, LPS 60P - EN 15659 - Light Fire Resistance where the internal temperature will not exceed 175oC.
MTS DIP 120-60DM (Grade B) - Digital Media fire protection where the internal temperature will not exceed 120oC.
AiS - The Association of Insurance Surveyors Limited Certified safe.
All prices exclude VAT and delivery. VAT will be charged at the appropriate rate at the date of invoice. Prices correct at time of going online. (January 2017)

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