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.