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Cash & Fire Ratings

Fire & Cash Rating Information

Aus Lock & Safe sells premium quality safes, most with fire ratings and cash ratings to add superior protection against fire and theft. 

Fire Ratings

Fire ratings levels are based on time periods of 30mins, 1 hour, 1 ½ hours, 2 hours, 3 hours and 4 hours. The rating level indicates the time a safe or cabinet will resist the effect of a fire. The greater the time period the higher the protection if exposed to heat and fire.

There are two types of fire resistant safes. 

  1. Document / Paper Fire Resistant Safe or Cabinet -   This is for the safe storage of documents and files. However, it is not recommended to store cash in this type of safe as it can be attacked by an intruder as its main function is to protect against fire. 
  2. Data Fire Resistant Safe – This is for the safe storage of media and data equipment such as CD’s, film, data storage devices. The fire barrier materials within the safe construction work to withhold the effects of a fire.

Cash Ratings

Safes with cash ratings have been tested by independent authorities and are rated based on the amount of time an intruder takes to break open a safe.

Cash rating range from $5,000 - $500,000. The amount indicates the value of goods the safe can hold. If you are storing jewellery to the value of $50,000 then a $10,000 cash rated safe would not be sufficient in protecting your valuables. Insurance companies use the cash rating as a firm guide for claim payments.

The higher the cash rating the higher degree of protection from theft. Variables that contribute to a safes cash rating can include; the thickness of the walls, door & body, the safes engineering and construction materials, quality of the locking mechanism and defence devices such as re-locking devices and anti-fishing plates.


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