Answer these 3 Questions...
To determine how good a fire safe is, you need to answer three (3) questions:
- How many solid LAYERS OF 5/8" FIREBOARD are in the ceiling, walls, doorjambs and door? BUYER BEWARE: some manufacturers use 1/2-inch layers and even use spacers to make it appear like they have the same amount of fireboard.
- What is the THICKNESS OF THE STEEL in the safe? Usually found in the specifications of the brochure. If it's not listed it's most likely 12 guage or thinner.
- Are there any WEAK LINKS in the safe? Does the safe have balanced layers in all 4 key areas of the safe (ceiling, walls, doorjambs and door). Does it include an effective heat-expanding door seal. And, how many sides does the door have active-locking bolts?
Once you know the answers, you can determine the fire protection capabilities and actual fire rating of a safe.