The most important thing to note is that since paper burns at 218–246 °C, it is crucial to buy a safe that wouldn’t burn when surrounded by fire at this temperature. This is why safes are rated with fire ratings, which basically tell you how long the safe would last until it starts burning and probably even destroying the contents inside.
If you take a look at all the safes available on the market, you will see a lot of claims of fire ratings claiming 60-120 minutes. Anyone can slap a sticker on a cheaply made safe and claim it will protect whatever you place inside of it from burning up in a fire. While chances are that most people will never experience a fire in their home, are you willing to gamble with your family’s safety and comfort in case your home does catch fire?
Here are a few things you should know about fire ratings and how they pertain to actual safe fire protection.
What Do The Different Fire-Ratings Mean?
Fire-rating is the duration a safe will protect your valuables for, in the case of a sudden fire. Safes are given different fire-ratings, based on the amount of time they have been tested and proven to withstand extreme temperatures and humidity. These ratings are given by companies after having tested their products for a certain amount of time. The higher the fire-rating the better protection it will guarantee. Moreover, the higher the fire-rating is, the more expensive a safe will be.
According to United Laboratories, the most recognised certification company, if the temperature inside a safe or file exceeds 350°F, it will fail the UL test for paper rated products.
So What Rating Is Right For Me?
This question can only be answered once you’ve decided what you’re going to be storing in your safe. There are many different kinds of fire-resistant safes that we manufacture that are designed to store different items such as guns and valuables such as cash and important documents.
Since different materials melt at different temperature points, deciding what fire-rating is right for you should be solely focused on what you’re planning on storing in your safe.
What Is The Minimum Fire Rating To Protect Paper and Money?
Our research shows that paper typically starts burning at 450℉. Therefore we advise our customers to always choose a fire-rating of over 2 hours. Reason being, fire-trucks are not very reliable in Pakistan and therefore it won’t be wise to risk all your valuables in case a fire truck shows up late.
Why It Matters
Protection is the key reason fire ratings matter when it comes to fireproofing a safe. Burglaries and robberies are not the only elements your valuables need protection from. If a safe becomes weakened through corrosion or with time starts to deteriorate, the losses you could be facing would be unimaginable.
If a fire breaks out in your home or your office, you could end up losing your lifetime’s savings in just a few hours. By choosing a fire-resistant safe that has at least a one hour fire rating, homeowners and business owners can save their valuables from being lost forever.
Types of Fire-Resistant Safes We Manufacture
The Tejori Safes and Security Equipment Range covers the following items:
- Armoured Series: This series provides the best security as it is made out of imported armoured steel plates. This range is gas-welding resistant which means that thieves won’t be able to cut your safe open. This series is fire resistant for upto 6 hours.
- Warrior Series: This series also provides good security as it is made out of high tensile imported steel plates. This range is fire resistant for upto 3 hours.
- Protector Series: This series is our low-budget range. Made out of imported steel sheets, this range is fire resistant for up to 45 minutes.