What to ask before investing in fireproof filing cabinet storage & security safes
You never think a natural disaster will happen to you or your loved ones, until it does. And, often times, we're ill-prepared to handle the devastation it leaves behind and left struggling to rebuild what was lost. The truth is, however, that natural disasters such as fires can cause irreparable damage that does detrimental harm to businesses. Research indicates that over 90% of all businesses who experience a fire and lose vital records as a result, don't survive. Avoid becoming a statistic by investing in fireproof filing cabinet storage and security safes for storing assets and records. Vigorously tested under the harshest of conditions, these systems are designed to provide you with the greatest degree of protection against explosions, fires, impact damage and, even, theft. Several include a UL class rating, which helps determine the kind of protection offered.
Before investing in fireproof filing cabinet storage and security safes for storing assets and records, however, there are a few questions you should consider. A sampling of questions and answers are provided below to help you decide if the systems fit your needs.
Q: Why must fire-resistant cabinets be used in place of existing metal files?
A: The problem with metal files is they directly conduct heat generated from a fire to the interior, where records will catch fire.
A: The UL class rating represents the highest internal temperature allowed at the time of the fire test. The external heat will reach anywhere from 1550 degrees to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. When dealing with paper, the temperature inside cannot go over 350 degrees Fahrenheit. And, in the case of computer media, the maximum internal temperature allowed is 125 degrees Fahrenheit.
Q: How good can a product really be if it's rated for only an hour? Fires last longer then a single hour.
A: Building fires burn at about 800 degrees fahrenheit on average. The temperature rises at an average rate of about 20 minutes in any space, which is in close proximity to flammable materials being consumed. It then decreases as the fire moves. The UL test involves two parts. The first of which is the hour-long burn portion, where each cabinet and safe used for storage is tested against intense heat. The subsequent cool-down period can range anywhere from 15 to 25 hours. It simulates the segment of the test, where a typical fire experiences a decrease in temperature. The internal temperature and humidity is not allowed to surpass the standards put in place by UL at any point during the test. A one-hour rating means the fireproof filing cabinet storage and security safes for storing assets and records successfully completed both segments of the test.
Q: Are these filing cabinets and security safes waterproof?
A: No water-resistant test is performed. And insulated product isn't tightly sealed prior to being in a fire. For this reason, it will leak if engulfed by water. However, in the event it is subjected to intense heat, the insulation in the cabinets expand and tightly seal all joints. It is made to be highly water resistant, as a result.
In addition to fireproof filing cabinet storage and security safes for storing assets and records, we also offer flexible fireproof vaults. (Read more)
Fireproof filing cabinet storage & security safes for maximum security
Choose fireproof filing cabinet storage and security safes when it comes to protecting the integrity of things you value. Each offers you the maximum range of security possible, no matter what its design configuration or class rating is. Security for storing assets and records of every shape and size is provided for with ease. This includes everything from important papers to cash used to facilitate business dealings, just to name a few. A sampling of available locking options include combination-type and key-type locks.
Fireproof filing cabinet storage & security safes
Drawer configurations for the file systems varies from two-to-six stories high, depending on the design style . Many are also available in letter and legal width. With such a broad selection of fireproof filing cabinet storage and security safe to choose from, deciding on one shouldn't be difficult. Each features the capacity needed for storing assets and records with improved efficiency. There are even vertical and lateral file-drawer options designed to provide you with efficient space-savings, as well as security safes to accommodate situations where a higher than average capacity for storage must be accommodate for.
Contact us for fireproof filing cabinet storage & security safes
Southwest Solutions Group® provides design and installation services of fireproof filing cabinet storage & security safes for storing assets and records. Free consultations are available to determine you and your business's exact needs before the design process begins. To learn more or to speak with a storage specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.