Protect your documents from unexpected events
Fireproof file cabinets secure files and valuables from theft, fire, and explosions. Fire departments nationwide respond to a fire every 19 seconds - over a half million structure fires per year - and 70% of the fires (1000 per day) are home fires. An important concern should be whether file cabinets that store important documents and valuables are media safe and carry the UL 125/350 fireproof ratings. When purchasing a fireproof file cabinet, keep in mind that there is a difference between being UL tested and actually passing those tests.
Make sure fireproof file cabinets are impact-tested to survive a fall from 30 feet. Fireproof tests are rated for withstanding half an hour to four hours in a fire, considering that at half an hour the file cabinet is heated to 1550 degrees, and at four hours to 2000 degrees. UL 125 and 350 refers to the temperatures inside the drawers - paper products burn at 400 degrees. Fireproof file cabinets should also be waterproof to ensure that valuables are protected while firefighters are tackling the blaze.
Anatomy of fireproof filing cabinets
Fireproof file cabinets are built to endure extreme conditions and provide superior day-to-day service. Vertical and lateral two- and four-drawer fireproof file cabinets are available in letter and legal sizes. Fireproof insulation is 100% gypsum between steel panels, and should be reinforced with steel wire. Additional insulation between drawers insures that each drawer is an independent, insulated container. Heavy-duty suspensions provide a smooth glide when you open drawers. Some warranties guarantee free replacement if the file cabinet is damaged in a fire.
Depending on manufacturer, fireproof file cabinets are usually offered in parchment/black/platinum, or putty/lightgray/black. Vertical letter- and legal-size fireproof file cabinets with two to four drawers weigh from 270-800 pounds; two- to four-drawer lateral fireproof file cabinets ranging from 32-44 inches wide weigh between 500-1000 pounds. Fireproof file cabinets vary in price - from less than $500 to almost $3000.