Monday, November 27, 2006

2 Hour Fire Safe Security

Longer Fire Ratings, High Security?

Our clients have varying options on the subject as there are several factors that play into the decision of answering this and many other questions regarding fire safe security.

Fire Statistics

1) The average fire burns between 600 - 800 degrees F for approx. 20 mins.

2) 1-hour fire rated safes and file cabinets are tested at 1700 degrees F for 60 minutes (most manufacturers give an additional warranty to 90 minutes at that temperature)

3) 2 hour fire safes
tested to 1700 degrees F for two full hours. Ideal for the storage of business documents where there could be a delay in the fire department reaching your location, i.e. rural or remote areas.

4) 3 hour fire safe ratings
Much like the two hour rated safe, the three hour extends the test to a full 180 minutes at 1700 degrees, while the internal temperature never exceeds 350 degrees.

Many clients believe that if their business documents are worth protecting, then they must buy the best fire protection possible - understandably so. It's important to remember the facts, understand which fire rating is applicable to your storage needs, and how far you are from the nearest fire department.

Have Questions?
Call John or Travis Toll Free 1-866-867-0306

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Fire Resistant Safe Selection

Choosing the best Fire Resistant Safe

There are many fire resistant safes on the market today - and with such a wide variety of options how do you know which one is best for your business??

1) Media storage or Paper Storage?
Knowing what you are storing will determine what type of safe you need. Paper storage safes have different fire ratings than safes built for the storage of computer media or data backup. Look for the UL 350 (for paper) or UL 125 (for computer media) rating to determine this.

2) Storage Capacity
It's best to purchase a safe that will allow you room to grow. There is no need to spend the money if you are going to outgrow your safe in 1 month.

3) Fire Rating
Are you located near a fire department? Are your vital records priceless? There are several fire ratings to choose from including 1-hour, 2-hour and 3-hours of fire protection. Determining your need is very important as higher rated safes are more expensive.

If you have questions and need answers - Call John or Travis Today!! Toll Free 1-866-867-0306