Preventing the Oldest Crime
Here at Guardian Safe and Lock, we focus on preventing possibly the oldest type of crime committed; burglary. For as long as someone has owned something, someone else has wanted to take it. Fortunately, there are modern solutions to keep what’s yours in your hands.
With modern security features, our safe offers include protections complying with UL ratings for burglary protection. They can protect from theft and give you peace of mind that your valuables are safe. From simple lockboxes to larger gun safes, we carry the model that’s best for you.
What are Burglary Safes?
The term burglary safe carries a broad definition, it can mean anything from a simple composite safe model with walls filled with concrete or other filler, to vaults in banks. There is one unifying standard that binds them all though; a rating from Underwriters Laboratories. This firm has been testing safes and vaults and has become the standard in the United States and across the globe in regards to burglary protection and fire ratings.
Although Underwriters Laboratories is the most common company used to test safes, there are a few others worth mentioning. The other two most commonly used testing facilities and standards are the Korean Industrial Standard, and the Japanese Industrial Standard. Some safe companies use these other organizations to test and certify their safes due to the fact that the testing generally produces the same results but at a more reasonable price.
Burglary Safe Ratings
To keep confusion at a minimum we will only be discussing the burglary ratings and standards of Underwriters Laboratories. Burglar safes are usually made of solid steel or a combination of solid steel and fill material such as concrete. These safes are divided into categories based on the level of burglary protection and the testing endured.
Ratings on the low end of the spectrum begin at B-Rate Safes. B-Rated safes have steel doors usually around 1/2” thick and a body only 1/4” thick. They are essentially just a steel box with a lock on it, no actual testing is conducted to get this rating. RSC residential security containers have a UL rating based on testing to withstand an attack on all sides for at least five minutes using a range of tools.
C-Rated safes improve this security to at least 1” thick doors that also have walls at least a 1⁄2” thick. B/C-Rated safes is a catch-all rating for safes with at least a 1/4″ steel body, 1/2” door and an additional 10 to 12 guage metal layers of composite material with fire resistance.
None of these containers types actually go through testing and carry their ratings based only on the construction of the safes. These containers simply keep hands off of the property inside of them and do not usually offer much protection from simple hand tools or power tools.
The next few tiers of U.L. ratings apply the pretense “TL” for Tool resistance, followed by a number equating the time it can resist simple tools or handheld electrical devices. Such as: TL-15, TL-30 and TL-30×6. Safes given an Underwriters Laboratories “TL” rating have passed all standardized tests defined in UL standard 687 using the same tools and group of engineers. These types of safes are usually required for insurance purposes at jewelry stores.
The point of purchasing a burglary safe is to maximize the amount of time would-be thieves would have to take to break it and get to your valuables. Most criminals do not have access to more than mechanical implements or power tools, so these ratings can safely be relied on to stop all but a professional team of people getting into your home’s UL RSC rated burglary safe. For commercial uses, these ratings do go higher, to the point of being declared Torch resistant, or even resisting nitroglycerin!
Fire Rated Burglary Safes
The Underwriters Laboratories also tests safes’ protection from fire. These UL fire safes offer fire protection on a different scale in addition to the burglary ratings. These tests are rigorous and end in results that equate to a measure of time by temperature. They are carried out in an industrial oven, and usually involve placing sheets of paper into a safe before the oven is ignited.
A half-hour test is performed at 1,550 degrees Fahrenheit for the 30min measure of time. Most fire-resistant safes are tested at this initial tier. A one-hour fire rated test equals 1700 degrees Fahrenheit. This is where most safes are declared fireproof, instead of just resistant, if they pass.
From that UL rating, the next tiers are two hours at 1850 degrees, three hours at 1920 degrees, and 4 hours at 2000 degrees. Most house fires are over in about 20 minutes, and only burn up to 700 degrees.
So, while UL testing may rate some fireproof safes into the UL3 and UL4 tiers of protection, this may be unnecessary for most owners unless they live in areas that are frequently prone to wildfires or firestorms, which can hit these temperatures.
Safe Company Near Me
At Guardian Safe and Lock, we carry UL rated burglary safes to protect from both fire and burglary. With brands such as Amsec, Gardall, Hollon, and Hayman; we carry safes from manufacturers you can trust. Give us a call, or come into our showroom and have the best employees in the security industry guide you to the perfect model burglary safe for your security needs. Our team of professionals can even deliver and bolt down your safe to maximize your protection.