Best fire rating explained!
The fire rating of a safe is incredibly important when shopping for a safe. While most people would probably say the best over all number to price is one hour. This is only a basic rule. Make sure that this really is best for you! So what should you think about when shopping around for safes with fire ratings?
Distance to fire station
So you can see a full time (non-volunteer) fire station from your front porch eh? Well maybe buying a safe with a two and a half hour fire rating may not be fore you.
However you live outside of city limits, don’t have well marked roads, and live off the grid? Alright so maybe you should take a look at a 2/hour + fire rating.
Volunteer or full time fire station
Many remote areas tend to have volunteer fire stations. While this is totally awesome, and I highly respect anyone that will volunteer for such a duty, it can cause some delay in response time.
Make sure to reach out to your local fire department and see what their response time is to you! Then maybe add a half hour to that.
What is in the safe?
Make sure to always account for what is physically going to be in your safe, or what you may put into it in the future.
The fire ratings on most safes are determined by the length of time it takes for a safe to get to an internal temperature of 350 degrees. Electronics, film, and will be destroyed much earlier than that. You might either want to look into a longer fire rated safe, or better yet buy another fire rated safe/box that you can put in the bottom of the safe.
Yes, some people have these in their homes. If you have one, congrats, you may not need as much of a fire rating!
While most safes have a fire rating. They really aren’t necessary for every safe. Not everyone does need one! Make sure to think about that when shopping. There are quite a few manufacturers that don’t offer fire ratings that are still really high quality.
Another thought! USA made gun safes tend to be tested much more, and can in general be trusted more. You may also find videos about the safe you are considering being burned!
Want to find out more about what to look for when buying a gun safe? Checking out my buying guide is a great place to start.