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Safe Ratings

Safe Cash Ratings Explained

Security Safes are generally classified in terms of cash ratings. A cash rating is the level of cover that an underwriter will give to the contents of the safe and can generally be multiplied by 10 times for jewellery or similar valuables. A cash rating is therefore also a very good indication of the security level of the safe, the higher the rating, the more security is offered.

You should note that different insurance companies ratings vary and higher or lower cover can sometimes be applied depending on the individual circumstances of a property. If it is important you should always check with your insurance company before purchasing a safe.

 
Safe Testing

Since the late 1990’s there have been European Attack Test Standards that have been widely recognised by the insurance industry. These offer both the consumer and the insurer an independent, unbiased opinion on the security level of a safe. Burton Safes fully support the independent testing of safes and we have put the vast majority of our product range through European and UK tests where there is an appropriate standard. Below is a summary of the various standards that our safes are tested and certified, along with their equivalent Cash Rating.

EN14450
S1: £2000 Cash Rating
S2: £4000 Cash Rating

EN1143-1
Grade 0: £6000 Cash Rating
Grade 1: £10,000 Cash Rating
Grade 2: £17,500 Cash Rating
Grade 3: £35,000 Cash Rating
Grade 4: £60,000 Cash Rating
Grade 5: £100,000 Cash Rating
Grade 6: £150,000 Cash Rating
Grade 7 - £250,000 Cash Rating
Grade 8 - £400,000 Cash Rating
Grade 9 - £650,000 Cash Rating
Grade 10 - £1,000,000 Cash Rating
Grade 11 - £1,500,000 Cash Rating
Grade 12 – £2,250,000 Cash Rating
Grade 13 - £3,500,000 Cash Rating
 
Fire Ratings

 Many, safes in our product range will offer some protection from fire. However, like the cash ratings on a security safe, there are different levels of fire protection. There are European and American standards for fire protection which offer reliable, unbiased opinions on the reliability of a fire safe. These are generally broken down into safes that will protect paper documents and those that will protect computer media. The later is destroyed at a much lower temperature and so a specialist datasafe is required. Below is a list of the fire safe standards that our safes are tested to.
Please note that plate/single walled safes offer no protection against fire. All our safes with fire protection are clearly labelled. If there is no sign there is no fire protection.

Fire Protection but no test
The safe is double walled and lined with a material that will offer resistance to heat and fire. However, no official test has been carried out.

In House Testing
Safes are subjected to a 30 minutes long test in a furnace at up to 500ºC. Paper documents are put inside the safe and if they remain in tact the safe is deemed to pass.
 
Independent tests for paper documents
UL 72 Class 350 1 hour: 60 minutes fire protection for paper at temperatures of up to 1090ºC.
NT FIRE 017 60P: 60 minutes fire protection for paper at temperatures of up to 1000ºC.
 
Independent tests for computer media
EN1047 60D: 60 minutes fire protection for data/computer media at temperatures of up to 1000ºC.
EN1047 60D: 90 minutes fire protection for data/computer media at temperatures of up to 1000ºC.
EN1047 60D: 120 minutes fire protection for data/computer media at temperatures of up to 1000ºC.