Why Fire Safes Are Not Always ” Fireproof”

Why Fire Safes Are Not Always ” Fireproof”

Fire safes are confusingly not actually fireproof in terms of coming through unscathed during a conflagration that could rage for hours. The correct terminology is actually fire resistant and safes within this category all have different levels of performance depending on their design and manufacture which is reflected the cost of the safe itself. How

Fire safes are confusingly not actually fireproof in terms of coming through unscathed during a conflagration that could rage for hours. The correct terminology is actually fire resistant and safes within this category all have different levels of performance depending on their design and manufacture which is reflected the cost of the safe itself.

How A Fire Safe Performs

A wad of fire resistant material is sandwiched between the outer and inner layers of a fire resistant safe. It is designed to release moisture in the event of a fire which results in steam being issued in an attempt to cool the surface of the safe. However, the steam has to be allowed to escape from the safe so any fireproof version cannot actually be airtight which can lead to potential damage of the interior. The maximum temperature of the steam is approximately 350 degrees Fahrenheit and eventually, if the fire burns for long enough, the safe will simply run out of steam resulting in the possibility of damage being caused to the contents or even their complete loss.

Fire Tests

Fire safes are rigorously tested to withstand heat and flame for different lengths of time, usually set at half hourly intervals up to two hours. During tests, a fire safe with a rating of one hour in a fire with a temperature of around 1700 degrees Fahrenheit will keep documents such as passports and insurance policies safe from the flames for that length of time. A fire safe with a rating of one-and-a-half hours or two hours offers protection for those lengths without any harm occurring to the contents.

Suitable Fire Protection

It is generally assumed that a fire will run out of inflammable material within an hour although this can vary widely according to the individual situations. Curtains, soft furnishings and books will obviously provide more fuel than an empty room. This is one important factor to consider when purchasing a fire resistant safe. Another factor is how near to the local fire service amenities the building where the safe is located happens to be. If your property is in the countryside help will not arrive quite as quickly as it would if you were in a town. The common view is that a fire resistant safe with a rating of one hour is adequate but for expert advice on which safe would suit you the best contact Secure Safe.

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