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Lock and Safe Certification
Below is a list of companies that provide testing facilities to the safe and lock companies around the world.
Generally speaking, safes can be either tested for thief or Fire resistance.
Each test house will have many levels of both fire and theft
resistance with each category designed to meet or surpass
a predetermined outcome. These tests generally start with a basic cash ratting of say $2'000.00 up to $250'000.00 +.
Fire testing is generally measured with a combination of time and temperature generally followed by a drop test of up to 10 meters.
Safe locks are also tested, they also have a grading system again based on some predetermined testing by the agency conducting the testing.
ABIS ( Association of Burglary Insurance Surveyors) GB
AiS ( Association of Insurance Surveyors) GB
UL ( Underwriters laboratories) USA
ECB.S ( European Certification boards security,fire & safety) EU
SP ( Technical research institute of Sweden)SBSC
VdS ( The authority for safty and security) Germany
CNPP ( centre national de prevention et de protection) France
JIS ( Japanese Industrial Standard)
SBSC ( Swedish Fire and Safety Certification)
AS/NZS ( Australian/New Zealand Standard)
A fire-resistant safe is a typically a safe that is designed to protect its contents from high temperatures or actual fire. Fire resistant safes are usually rated by the amount of time they can withstand the extreme temperatures a fire produces, while not exceeding a set internal temperature, e.g., less than 350 °F (177 °C) over 30 minutes. Models are typically available between half-hour and four-hour duration.
Theft Resisting Safes
A theft resisting safe is designed to withstand attacks from tools such as hand tools, picking tools, mechanical or electrical tools, carbide drill bits, grinders, thermal lance, oxy torch, devices that apply pressure, cutting wheels and power saws. As all safes are man made, they only buy an amount of time before they are opened or penetrated.The amount of time required is generally consistent with the quality and design of the safe.