- Residential Security Container (RSC)
- Class B Rating – 1/2″ solid steel door and 1/4″ steel body
- Class C Rating – 1″ solid steel door and 1/2″ steel body
- Class E (TL-15) Rating – 1.5″ solid steel door and 1″ body
- Class F (TL-30) Rating
Some foreign and local manufactures may try to pass off inferior quality safes at lowered rates, by claiming that their units are made of robust steel. However, many of these safes have doors that are made of drywall panels that have been wrapped and sealed with flimsy sheet metal. On the exterior, such safes look attractive, sturdy, and well-designed, but actually put your valuables at a greater risk of being stolen or damaged by fire or water. Be wary of such marketing gimmicks by relying on the products of time-tested safe manufacturers.
The weight also comes into the picture if you plan on getting the safe installed on ground floor, in which case the weight of the safe should not exceed 1000 lbs. Similarly, some safes need to fit in the wall, and thus, must be of suitable weight. You will need to seek the advice of a trustworthy safe installer to help assess the weight and placement of the safe.
- Class 125 safes – 125°F and 80% humidity
- Class 150 safes – 150°F and 85% humidity
- Class 350 safes – 350°F and 85% humidity
- 4 hours – 2000°F
- 3 hours – 1920°F
- 2 hours – 1850°F
- 1 hour – 1700°F
- 45 minutes – 1640°F
- 30 minutes – 1550°F
- 20 minutes – 1460°F
Therefore, go in for a safe that is UL rated for both class and hour. Similarly, you may consider going in for a safe that offers protection from theft and is both fireproof and waterproof.