Are you thinking of buying a fire-resistant filing cabinet for the office or the home? A great idea! Here are some practical tips to ensure that your purchase provides you with real peace of mind.
In the first place, it is important to clearly define your need to make the best of your purchase. You wouldn't want to risk storing a testament, securities or legal documents in a low-end filing cabinet bought at bargain basement prices from a general retailer! This kind of equipment will not provide protection from fire, leaving you vulnerable to priceless losses.
What you want from a fireproof filing cabinet
Fireproof filing cabinets are mainly intended for important documents: testaments, legal documents, business records, photos, etc. In order for a fireproof filing cabinet to guarantee you peace of mind, it must be laboratory-tested and approved to meet the standards of the certification organization, Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Gardex fireproof filing cabinets sold by Ugoburo do meet precisely these standards. Inside the front of the drawer of a Gardex fireproof filing cabinet, you can verify the existence of a label certifying its compliance.
UL fire-resistance certification
UL certification means that for an external temperature of 927°C, the internal temperature of the filing cabinet will not exceed 177°C. All items and documents that do not melt at this temperature will be preserved in good condition. Gardex has submitted its fire-resistant filing cabinets to the most rigorous tests, even exceeding the norms required by Underwriters Laboratories.
1- The filing cabinets were exposed to a temperature of 927°C (1700°F) for an hour's time. The internal temperature of the filing cabinets never exceeded 177°C (350°F).
2- To simulate conditions of explosion, the filing cabinets were exposed to a sudden change of temperature, from 20°C (68°F) to 1100°C (2000°F) for 30 minutes. After the heat test, the filing cabinets were dropped 30 feet onto a concrete surface. They were then turned upside down and heated again for another 30 minutes.
Guess what? After all this punishment, the contents remained... intact!
Fire-resistant filing cabinets come in different sizes and with different prices. The most important thing is to be sure that what you buy will meet your needs and that it will really provide peace of mind, for you and for your clients.