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What is a fire safe?
A fire safe protects your valuables from heat damage and smoke caused by fire. Fire safes are classified according to their fire rating and the type of protection they provide. A safe will provide some level of fire protection, but its construction will determine how much protection it offers. In a fire safe, you can store personal items such as jewellery and important documents that can’tbe replaced by cash alone. With a fire safe, such items are both fire- and burglar-proof, providing peace of mind.
Paper, digital media, and magnetic media are protected by fire safes. It is important to keep the temperature inside the safe below the point at which they will combust. The safe is lined with insulation to achieve this. Consequently, the walls become thicker and the interior space is reduced. It is recommended that you check the interior dimensions of a fire safe before making a purchase to make sure they are sufficient for your needs.
What types of fire safes are there?
There are essentially two types of fire safe: fire safes for data and fire safes for paper.
What is a fire safe for data?
Fire data safes are suitable for storing tapes, CDs, DVDs, USB sticks, hard drives, film negatives. Data requires greater protection than paper as the media can melt or become corrupted at a lower temperature. The fire test standards below require that the critical maximum temperature of the following media cannot be exceeded:
Digital media: 120 ̊C
Computer data: 52 ̊C
What is a fire safe for paper?
Fire paper safes are suitable for storing important paper documents such as birth certificates, wills, house deeds, contracts, business documents. The fire test standards require that the critical maximum temperature for paper is 175 ̊C.
Can I store digital media in a fire safe for paper?
No, electronic media melts at a lower temperature than paper combusts. As a result a fire safe for paper which has a maximum temperature of 175 ̊C is unsuitable for storing electronic media in the event of a fire. If you wish to store some electronic media in a paper safe one option is a data combi safe.
Can I get a waterproof fire safe?
We provide the Phoenix Titan Aqua range of fire safes which also offer protection from water. In the event of a fire, sprinkler systems or hoses can release significant amounts of water. A waterproof safe can offer protection for paper and data items in this event.
What are fire ratings for safes?
The fire rating of a safe describes the level of fire resistance. There are three parts to the fire rating test:
Explosion hazard test – simulates a safe being suddenly subjected to extremely high temperatures. This tests whether the safe will burst apart in an explosion.
Fire endurance test – exposes a safe to high temperatures over a period of time. This test is performed by placing the safe in a furnace and monitoring its internal temperature.
Fire drop test – replicates the effect of a safe falling through a burning building.
Size of fire safe
Due to the thickness of the doors and walls, safes are smaller on the inside than they appear on the outside. This is particularly true of fireproof safes where fire-resistant materials are used in the casing. Always check the internal measurements of a safe are adequate for your needs. It’s often worth getting a safe with more storage area than you currently require as you may wish to store more items in the future.
Will a fire safe reduce my insurance premiums?
Fire ratings are used by insurance companies to assess the degree of security for items they cover. The higher the rating, the more secure your items are considered to be and this can reduce your insurance premiums.
How secure is a fire safe?
While all fire safes come with locks, fire safes are designed to protect the contents from fire and this is separate to the security rating for the value of the contents. Be sure to check the security rating of the safe. This is used to check if your insurance will cover the safe contents and uses a series of cash ratings.
What types of lock are available for fire safes?
A full range of locks are available for our fire safes. The types of lock available are:
Key lock – The traditional method with no danger of batteries running out. The risks are in losing the keys and in ensuring the keys themselves are kept in a safe place.
Electronic keypad – A pin code is entered to open the safe. You can change the pin code as often as you like. A low battery warning lets you know when to replace the batteries. The risks are in forgetting the code.
Fingerprint – Phoenix safes use biometric security in the form of a fingerprint which is initially scanned in during set-up and confirmed. To open the safe, press the finger against the scanner and open the safe door. The Phoenix fingerprint lock can store up to 128 different fingerprints. Fingerprint locks also require batteries and a low battery warning lets you know when to replace the batteries.
Dual lock – This is where two key codes are required to open the safe. On a Phoenix safe, the user will type in the first code and press Open, then type in the second code and press Open. This can be useful when you wish to have two people required to open a safe. The two people can have a code each.
Changeable lock – A changeable lock is one which can be replaced if required without damaging the safe. If a lock becomes damaged or compromised, it can be replaced without the cost and inconvenience of replacing the whole safe.
Installation of a fire safe
Many safes are installed with bolts securing them to a floor or wall. Bolts running through the safe wall can adversely affect the fire protection and this should be checked via the fire rating. Remember to check the flooring when deciding where to fit a fire safe. A wooden floor or floor supported by wooden beams may be susceptible to fire. This is why many fire safes are given a drop test, to ensure they remain secure if they fall through a burning building.
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