Are There Any Weak Links?
There are three (3) potential WEAK LINK areas:
- NOT HAVING BALANCED LAYERS - There are FOUR (4) KEY AREAS in the safe that must have fireboard in order to have balance layers. They are the ceiling, walls, doorjambs or door.
- A safe company may put extra layers in the ceiling and walls, but if they install only one layer in the door, the fire rating can only go as high as that one layer in the door (typically 20 minutes). Look at the BTU chart on the brochure and it shows that one layer in the door offers only 55,000 BTUs or 20 minutes of fire protection.
- It's like going out into the snow with a coat and snow pants without shoes and only a pair of socks! The feet will freeze before the rest of the body and the extra layers worn above are never fully utilized.
- Fire protection works the same way. The heat just passes through the weakest link. The safe will not protect as long when there is a weak link.
A safes fire rating is only as good as its weakest link