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Security - Safes

 

Fire Safes - Safes which are designed and tested to protect PAPER documents from the effects of FIRE. Fire Safes are designed to maintain the internal temperature below 177° C - the temperature that paper is damaged. Paper ignites at 230° C

 

Data Fire Safes - Safes which are designed and tested to protect PLASTIC Data/Media, such as back up tapes, negatives, micro-fiche and DVD/CD media, from the effects of FIRE. Data Safes are designed to maintain the internal temperature below 52° C - the temperature that plastic data/media is damaged by fire.

 

Eurograde Tested - Security safes that have been tested to the European Standard of EN1143-1. Any safe tested to this level is respected by the European Insurance Industry for protecting cash or valuables overnight up to various cash levels depending on model and grade. This is the ultimate test for security storage.

 

Cash Rating - A cash rating is a method of classifying security safes by their security level. Manufacturer's design their safes to meet various levels of security and these are designated by a cash rating from £1000 up to £150,000. All cash ratings can be multiplied by 10 if valuables such as jewellery are being stored instead of cash e.g. a security safe with a £4000 cash rating will cover jewellery up to £40,000. Always seek advice from your Insurance company if you are not sure what level of security you require.

 

Electronic Locks - Electronic locks are powered by standard alkaline batteries that can be purchased in every High Street. Each lock has a low battery level indicator, but even if the battery is flat the internal memory of the lock will retain the user code. Electronic locks are both reliable and flexible as the code can be re-programmed as many times as required.

 

UL Tested - Security and Fire Resistant safes and chests tested for conformity by UNDERWRITERS LABORATORIES INC; the US Independent Testing and Certification Authority.

 

VdS - German Laboratories which perform tests on Locking mechanisms to ensure the conformity to VdS security standards.

 

JIS - Japanese Laboratories and Testing Authority to ensure the conformity of either Security or Fire resistance Levels.

 

NORDTEST - Scandinavian Laboratories and Testing Authority to ensure the conformity of either Security or Fire resistance Levels.

 

SINTEF - Swedish Institute and Testing Authority to ensure the conformity of either Security or Fire resistance Levels.

 

DIN - German Standards Authority that is the counterpart to BSI - British Standards Institute

 

ISO9001-2000 - European Standard for management systems

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