If your number one concern buying a safe is burglary then your basic B-Rated Burglary Safe will do. If you are concerned about Fire as well, then Fire and Burglary Rated Safe is ideal. It would probably be helpful if you understood a little bit about Safes and their Ratings.
How Do I Know What Grade of Safe to Get?
Underwriter’s Laboratory: an organization that has dedicated itself to educating businesses and the public about safety and performance of products for over 100 years. They have devised a system where a Code represents a testable safety or performance standard to show a consumer what proficiency their product is capable of doing.
If a safe has a U/L rating, it has been tested and certified by the underwriter’s laboratory and assigned a code that appropriately describes what sort of protection you will receive for that specific product.
For Burglary Rating
This list shows what grade of safe you should have for approximately
the dollar amount you are protecting.
Grade Protection Features
RSC (TL-5) $5000 The door successfully resists entry for 5 minutes when attacked with common hand & electric tools of rigorous prying, drilling, punching, chiseling and tampering attacks by UL technicians.
B Rated $10,000 Steel doors less than 1” thick and steel body less than ½ “thick.
C Rated $30,000 Steel doors less than 1” thick and steel body at least ½ “thick.
TL-15 $200,000 The door successfully resists entry for 15 minutes when attacked with common hand & electric tools & includes anchorage.
TL-30 $375,000 The door resists the same attack as TL-15 for 30 minutes
TL-30×6 $1,000,000 The entire safe resists the attacks described for TL-30
NOTE: Add TR for torch resistance and TX for explosives resistance to a burglary safe
NOTE: If a safe has a B or C rating it has not been tested or certified by the underwriter’s laboratory, (insurance companies will often not usually accept a B or C
Grade Protection Features
350-1 Paper A UL 72 Class 350 1 Hour rated safe is the most widely recognized industry standard for commercial quality fire safes. This rating is given when a safe demonstrates an internal temperature that does not exceed 350 degrees F for up to 60 minutes even when exposed to external temperatures of over 1700 degrees. Safes with this “records protection equipment rating” are meant to store only paper documents and files.
250-1 Paper Internal temperature will not exceed 250`F when fired for 1 hour
250-2 Paper Internal temperature will not exceed 250`F when fired for 2 hours
150-1 Media Internal temperature will not exceed 150`F when fired for 1 hour
150-2 Media Internal temperature will not exceed 150`F when fired for 2 hours
125-1 Media Internal temperature will not exceed 125`F when fired for 1 hour