Thursday, November 19, 2009
Fireproof Requirments for File Storage
Fire filing cabinets are available in a variety of sizes and configurations to meet a variety of storage requirements for businesses of all type.
Standard & Optional Features Include
UL Fire Rating and Listing - this means the file cabinet (vertical or lateral) has passed the UL testing requirement for 350 degrees for a minimum of 1 hour and up to 2 hours.
Lockable Storage - key locks, digital keypads or combination locks are available on any brand name fireproof storage cabinet including FireKing, Schwab Corp and SentrySafe
Water Resistant - in addition to having a UL fire rating to protect paper documents, folders or other business records, select vertical filing cabinets include rubber seals to protect from water sprinklers and fire hoses. Waterproof file cabinets is not the appropriate terminology and "water resistant" vs. "waterproof" is a constant educational point for filing cabinets.
Safe in a File - FireKing is only manufacturer of a fireproof safe hidden inside a filing cabinet. The top drawer can be unlocked to reveal a hidden safe for storage of valuables or documents.
Computer Media vs. Paper
Traditional fireproof filing cabinets will not protect computer media from a fire. These cabinets are meant for paper documents only. The UL 350 fire rated will protect paper, the UL 125 rating will protect computer media, hard drives and backup tapes. There are special inserts available to put inside your file cabinet to add UL 125 protection for data backup storage.
Lateral vs. Vertical Filing
There are several reasons to choose a vertical over a lateral cabinet and vice versa. Space considerations, weight, location and budget all play a factor in determining which fire file is the best buy.
Most manufacturer brands offer 2 drawer, 3 drawer and 4 drawer models to accommodate nearly every storage requirement. Additionally there are different depths and widths.
Important Considerations for Lateral File Cabinets
Width - from 30" wide up to 44" wide means that you can maximize storage capacity for file folders, binders or side tab medical records.
Depth - vertical filing cabinets start as small as 20" deep and go up to a full 31" deep. When considering the overall value, a 31" deep cabinet offers far more filing space for the dollar.
Stackable File Cabinets - to keep safety in perspective we do not recommend that fire file cabinets are stacked on top of one another.
At the end of the day, it's best to consult with an expert who can better understand your current storage needs and help find a product that will allow you to continue to store additional files and business records into the future.
Call Toll Free 1-866-867-0306 at any time to speak directly to an experienced professional at KL Security Enterprises, Inc.