If you work for a company that holds many documents and files, then you may want to consider purchasing a fireproof cabinet. In fact, some insurance agencies may require that your company purchase one for safety or liability purposes, depending on what industry you work in.
So, what makes a cabinet fireproof? And how do I know how to choose which one to buy? And what does fireproof mean anyway?
The answer to all of those questions and more will be answered below.
Manufacturers use a mixture of fire-resistant insulation, strong metals, and strict welding techniques to produce strong cabinets for customers. There are other materials and techniques that go into making the strongest cabinet, but many of this information is an industry secret!
A non-profit organization called Underwriters Laboratories (UL) assesses thousands of products every year to ensure that manufacturers keep their products to specific standards. A product tested in their lab is marked with a UL rating, according to their results.
For anything that is used to house or protect files, they organize products on this scale:
When dealing with fireproof file cabinets, these ratings determine just how well the object protects contents from a fire. To test this, a lab will expose a cabinet to heat on all six of its sides for varied lengths of time and different temperatures to see how well it holds up.
In addition to testing for fire resistance, UL also tests products for impact resistance. Products with this rating must be able to withstand a fall from several stories.
As you can see, there are filing cabinets to fit the needs of any company!