Your business documents are extremely important. They hold the weight and power to change everything about your company. In fact, most business documents are agreements and contracts, which means they can be equated with revenue or invested capital. You don’t want your documents stolen, destroyed, or misplaced. So what can you do about it?

You have two options. You can set up a safety deposit box at your bank, which requires more of your time than you have to interact with your documents. A better option would be to purchase a business safe. There are dozens of business safe options on the market. It may be overwhelming to have so many choices. Which type, kind, and protection do you need? In this article, Firstline Locksmith will share how to choose the best safe for your business in Jersey City.

4 Business Safe Questions

As a business owner and/or operator, you need to keep documents and other valuable assets secure and protected. If you’ve decided a safe is the best option, ask yourself the following questions to determine which type of safe would be best for your needs:

#1. What Will You Be Securing In Your Safe?

Did you know that safes are designed to secure specific items or documents? A common misconception is that all safes are the same. In fact, they are wildly different. Not only are safes segregated by brand and type, but they are also classified based on strength and fire resistance. Any kind of safe that is going to hold important documents needs to be fire resistant. If you’re simply storing items that are near flame-retardant, you will not need a fire safe. Finally, if you’re storing electronics or slightly larger items, you will want to get a safe with extra space. Running out of space to store things is worse than having too much space you will never eventually fill.

#2. Where Will You Conceal Your Safe?

For most, they will conceal their safes behind a picture or beneath a rug. Others will integrate their safe into their desk or their bookshelf. You will want to choose a safe that will fit where you plan on concealing it. If you’re looking to get yourself a portable safe, these can be stored beneath desks and other places. Although these are less discreet on where they’re stored, it may be the best option for your needs. For example, an accountant may need a portable safe to move room-to-room.

#3. Which Type Of Lock Will You Purchase?

Another common safe misconception is that they all have similar locks and keys. In fact, each safe brand, type, and style have a slightly different mechanism for securing items. You can choose a safe with a lock and key, dial lock, or electronic lock. What’s more, each of these individual lock types uses a variety of internal mechanisms to secure the safe. Depending on your needs, you will want to choose the lock that will best secure and protect your documents, items, and belongings.

#4. What Safe Rating Do You Need?

Safes are rated based on their ability to protect against theft and fire, including the materials, lock, and mechanism used to secure potential items. Highly rated safes receive the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) approval, which comes from nearly a century of safe analysis and monitoring. Below are the other ratings you will find on safes as you shop for them.

Burglary Ratings

  • B — The safe has a ¼ inch body and at least a ½ inch door. These safes do not go through testing. The lock mechanism on the safe gives them the B rating. Focus on the lock works, relockers, and other relevant features when shopping for this type of safe.
  • RSC — The Residential Security Container is an Underwriters Laboratory (UL) rating. The safe must withstand at least five minutes of rigorous break-in attempts, including prying, clawing, drilling, sawing, and more.
  • C — The safe must have ½ inch steel walls and at least a 1-inch steel door with a lock. Also, the safe must include a hard plate and a relocking mechanism. Currently, no tests are completed on this rating.
  • E — This is a rating given by insurance companies, even though there has been no testing by a third party, independent company. The safe material is typically composite or plate.
  • ER – UL-TR15 — This is another insurance rating for safes that have been given the UL TL-15 rating, which has pass all standardized tests shown in the UL© Standard 687. A safe with this rating must be constructed of at least 1-inch solid steel or equivalent. This rating also means that this safe resisted rigorous attempts to break-in for at least 15 minutes.
  • F – UL TL-30 — As an insurance rating, a safe that earns the UL TL-30 rating has successfully tested using the same UL© Standard 687 but for at least 30 minutes.
  • G&A – UL TL-30 x 6 — This is another insurance rating. The tests for this level of safe are extremely similar to the TL-30 with one exception. The safe that earns this rating is tested on all six sides, including the floor.

Fire Ratings

The heat level in the fire tests reach 1550 degrees. Each rating level requires the interior of the safe to not rise above 350 degrees. Once the safe reaches the desired temperature, it is then hoisted 30 feet into the air and dropped onto concrete. If the safe survives this, it is allowed to cool. Once cool, the safe is then placed in a 2,000 degree preheated oven to test and see if the door will blow off (explosive test) due to the heat. Here are the three fire rating levels for safes:

  • 30-minute UL Class 350
  • 60-minute UL Class 350
  • 120-minute UL Class 350

Need help with your business safe? Give Firstline Locksmith a call today!