Fireproof Home Safes - Torch Resistant
Fire proof vs burglary safe
There are two categories: a fireproof safe or a burglary safe and each is constructed specifically in regard to its function. This is an important difference to understand as this is a vital fact to ensure the right type is bought. Each type has its own specifications and uses - documents (passports, birth certificates etc) would be better stored on a fireproof home safe, and jewelry would be best housed in a standard burglary safe.
A fire proof safe (TR - torch resistant) is made resistant against fire through a special kind of steel but do not have an ideal protection against a burglar trying to break in. In contrast a burglary safe is constructed to hold up a tool attack (TL - tool resistant). A burglary safe might be able to withstand minimal heat but in actual fact will start “cooking” the content if exposed to extreme heat or flame.
To protect any valuable items in paper format they have to be kept at a temperature below 450 Fahrenheit which is just before paper starts to burn. Most safes and storage devices go through a very intense testing range to qualify as fire proof. In order to qualify, the interior has to bear up to 350 Fahrenheit for the minimum time of one hour whilst the exterior temperature is four times as high.
In contrast, computer media such as tapes and diskettes are a lot more sensitive and can get damage at temperatures as low as 120 Fahrenheit and 80 percent humidity.
A combination of both - Composite Body Safes
If you want a safe which is both safe from fire and burglars you have to look for special composite body safes. These are safes which are constructed of high-class steel material and have concrete in the walls as well as the door of the safe. Therefore these safes are very heavy but will be able to protect possessions against fire and no burglar will try to carry them away. As a number one rule, no safe should ever have wheels either.
Very heavy safes such as the composite body safes should be located on a concrete floor and any smaller safes should be covered or hidden to reduce any risks of being detected and carried away.