Fire Safe certification, what it all means

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Q: What is a SP Fire Proof rating?


A: SP Fire Proof certification indicates the maximum insurable value of the safe’s contents under certain fire conditions. Certification is issue by the SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden.


Q: How are the ratings determined?


A: Ratings, called P-Marks, are given based on NT FIRE 017 and SP Method 1716 SP testing. For instance, NT FIRE 017 – 60 Paper means the internal safe temperature will not rise above 150 degrees Celsius even if the external temperature is 927 degrees.


Essentially, the higher the P-mark rating, the more fire resistant the safe.


Q: What is Sold Secure certification?


A: Sold Secure certification indicates how resistant a safe is to attack. Certifications are issued by Sold Secure, an independent testing and certification body owned and administered by the UK’s Master Locksmith Association.


Q: What do the different ratings mean?


A: Sold Secure uses bronze, silver and gold rankings reflecting the type of tools being used and the time spent trying to break in.


To gain a silver rating the product must resist each means of attack for five minutes. This rises to 10 minutes for a gold rating.


Typical tools used in the testing are cordless hand drills, pry bars, slide hammers and cutters.