Burglar Fire Safes
Some home safes are rated to be Burglar Fire Safes. They are typically composite safes that offer the most affordable solution when you want to protect both documents from fire and valuables from burglary attacks. Fire safes do not provide burglar protection and burglar safes do not provide fire protection. Many people looking for home safes commonly mistake this false protection. Burglar Fire Safes have passed a 1 or 2 hour 350° F factory fire test certification. They also have passed a UL burglar testing with a RSC rating or factory burglar ratings of B, B/C or C. This means you can store between $5,000 up to $30,000 of content value depending on the type of burglar rating for your home safe needs. These safes come with a factory anchor hole and should always be anchored to either concrete or wood floors.
Be sure to take an extra close look at the burglar rating you will need depending on the content value you will be protecting. Not all safes are made equal and you do not want to run the risk of purchasing a safe with a lower rating than you actually need. If you feel overwhelmed by the number of burglar fire safes we carry, be sure to narrow your search by looking for a specific brand, size, fire rating or burglar rating. Start with the basics. For example, figure out how much you are going to store in the safe and from there the sky is the limit.
Burglar ratings are a mix of manufacture standards and Underwriters Laboratory burglar ratings.
B-Rate - Meets a manufacture standard of 1/4" steel in the body and 1/2" steel in the door.
B/C Rate - In between a B and a C rated safe.
UL RSC - Also known as a Residential Security Container rating, this is a UL test done on the safe.
C-Rate - Meets a manufacture standard of 1/2" steel in the body and 1" steel in the door.
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Have more than $30,000 in content value you need to protect? Take a look at our high security safes which offer more burglar protection.
Another thing to look at is the fire rating. Most come in a 30 minute, 1 hour, 90 minute or 2 hour fire ratings. If you are overly concerned about losing your contents in a fire, look for a safe that has passed a K.I.S or U.L. fire test. These two companies have the strictest fire tests in the world.
It is important to pay attention to the many different classifications of safes on the market. Each safe in this category is rated for both fire and burglar protection. Even though these safes are fire rated, it is not a good idea to store electronic media in them. When a fire attacks the safe, the inside temperature may get as hot as 350 degrees. This temperature will protect paper documents, guns and jewelry but not electronic items such as data/media.
Having the best of both worlds is a great investment. A safe with both a fire and burglar rating will not disappoint and should be considered a once in a lifetime purchase. Give one of our trained safe experts a call and we will help you find the perfect safe that will meet your needs.