Burglary vs. Fire Protection

Safes are built to meet certain fixed standards of either fire or burglar resistance.  Before you buy a safe, you should first determine the size and which standard of resistance is better for you.

The basic construction design of a fire resistive safe is a hollow sheet metal casing which is filled with fire resistive Insulation and then tested for performance In an oven for a time duration of 1, 2 or more hours at fixed maximum temperatures. For most circumstances a 1-hour or 2-hour tested safe is sufficient for fire protection.

The better a structure is built the hotter the contents will burn. Hence, a fire proof building has this hottest type of fire and needs more protection than a wood frame construction.”

The basic construction of a burglar resistive safe is solid high tensile steel walls and door. There are many different degrees of burglar resistance. Generally burglar resistive safes are built to meet various Insurance classifications as set out by the Insurance Services Office and thereby earn discounts from basic Insurance premiums. Click here for help with balancing your level of risk.