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1 & 2. Presidential Series (4 over 4 +4 layers & thicker steel)
 
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3. No weak links in the Lincoln Series safes

To determine how good a fire safe is, you need to answer three (3) questions:

  1. How many solid LAYERS OF 5/8" FIREBOARD are in the ceiling, walls, doorjambs and door? BUYER BEWARE: some manufacturers use 1/2-inch layers and even use spacers to make it appear like they have the same amount of fireboard.
  2. What is the THICKNESS OF THE STEEL in the safe? Usually found in the specifications of the brochure. If it's not listed it's most likely 12 guage or thinner.
  3. Are there any WEAK LINKS in the safe? Does the safe have balanced layers in all 4 key areas of the safe (ceiling, walls, doorjambs and door). Does it include an effective heat-expanding door seal. And, how many sides does the door have active-locking bolts?

Once you know the answers, you can determine the fire protection capabilities and actual fire rating of a safe.

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