“Fire Resistant” vs “Fire Proof”
The term “fire proof” can be misleading when used incorrectly. When some see the word “proof” they might assume it’s being used to mean “incapable of being harmed by a certain thing”. Needless to say, fire can reach extraordinary temperatures under certain conditions, so it’s difficult to call something fire proof without drawing lines somewhere. That’s why safes are given fire resistance ratings, to quantify the circumstances they can withstand, and for how long. In common usage and conversation fire proof and fire resistant are effectively synonymous, and most people will know what you mean either way, but it’s also useful to know that “fire resistant” is usually the more precise term, especially when accompanied by an exact rating.
American Security goes to great lengths in design, engineering, and testing to ensure that each of our safes will offer the utmost security and toughness. Fire resistance is one metric by which we measure success. Our fire-rated safes are certified by both Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and Intertek, two independent quality assurance and safety standards certification companies, to make certain they can stand the heat.
In order to earn a UL Class 350 1-hour fire rating, a safe must be able to withstand fires at temperatures higher than 1700ºF on the outside of the safe, with the internal temperature staying under 350ºF for the duration of one hour. Safes can also receive a two-hour and three-hour rating for the same conditions. The typical house fire is usually 1,100ºF or hotter, so a fire safe with these ratings is an effective protector against flames and other natural disasters in the home.
Gun Safe Owners Share Their Story: The Paradise Fire
The Paradise California Fire destroyed 13,972 residences and 528 businesses. When residents were allowed to return to where their homes once stood, the landscape was leveled except for a lone American Security gun safe. Although the hinges were burnt completely off, it still took locksmith, Mike Harper, 2.5 hours to drill out the lock and pry open the BF-7240.
When the door was finally opened Mike’s customer gasped with joy “the paperwork is still perfect – that’s all our birth certificates, pink slips, diplomas…look they’re perfect!” and looking over her gun collection she continued to marvel that they were in “perfect condition.”