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Fireproof safes are a type of safe that have been manufactured and designed to protect the contents from high temperatures and humidity.
Items get damaged at varying temperatures in a fire so you will need to choose a model with the right protection.
Fire safes come with different lengths of fire protection, to protect paper documents there are models with 30 minutes, 60 minutes, 90 minutes and 120 minutes.
If you want to protect computer tapes, film and hard drives then these models have 60 minutes, 90 minutes and 120 minutes protection.
We are now finding that a lot of customers want the peace of mind of both security and fire protection. These models offer fire protection for 30 or 60 minutes for paper and are also insurance approved to a security rating.
There are a wide selection of different models to choose from depending on the items you are storing, so please feel free to call one of our friendly sales advisors to discuss the best option for you.
Fire safes are tested in different testing houses across the world with some tests being more demanding. In total there are 7 main testing bodies with some of those purely a materials standard. This in short means the material that is filled between the walls of the safe has been tested but not actually the safe itself. These types of safes will have a DIN or BS standard mentioned.
The testing bodies you will find on our website are:
If you want to protect computer media such as DAT or LTO tapes then you will require a specific magnetic media safe or data safe. These are available with a 60, 90 or 120 minutes rating and have far thicker walls and a different mix inside the walls to give the right level of protection.
If you need to store larger volumes of data then there are a variety of media cupboards to choose from.
This is a frequently asked question by our customers and it is often the case they worry that an electronic lock in the event of a fire might spring open, this is not the case. In the event of a fire, it is highly likely that both a key and electronic lock will not function and will require an engineer to drill it open.
Burton Safes and Phoenix Safe are brands you should consider as they offer a replacement service should your safe be in a fire. Terms and conditions apply - please ask for more details on this.
Essentially there are 3 types of tests that exist, these are for paper, data and diskette. Paper is not damaged by relative humidity in the way that the two other types of media are.
The data test is usually referenced in certificates as D or Class 150 which denotes 150℉. In the event of a fire the temperature can reach 65℃ and a relative humidity of 85%.
The diskette test is referenced differently in certificates and is often referred to as DIS or Class 125. The Class 125 means 125℉ and in the event of a fire the internal temperature reaches 65℃ and a relative humidity of 80%
In summary different types of media is not only damaged by fire but is also affected by humidity. It is therefore essential to choose the right type of test for the media you will be storing.
It is really important to choose the right type of fire safe for the items you wish to protect and for how long. If you want to protect paper documents, a general fire safe will suit most customers requirements adequately.
If you need to protect data such as hard drives or magnetic media then our suggestion would be to ensure you choose the right type of test. This will give you peace of mind that your data is protected properly from fire.