There are many types of safes and security boxes. When shopping for a safe, you need to know what you intend to store for safe keeping and what the threat might be – fire, burglary or data protection.
Once you have decided what your needs are, you should select the type of safe that best fits your needs.
Fire Resistance Safes: These are manufactured in various levels to withstand external temperatures from 500 degrees for 15 minutes through 1500 degrees for 4 hours before the interior exceeds 350 degrees. These types of safes provide minimal security protection.
Burglar ResistanceSafes: These safes are manufactured in various levels of security to withstand different levels of entry attempts. These burglar resistance safes provide minimal, if any, fire protection.
Combination Fire-Burglar ResistanceSafes: These combined fire-burglar resistance safes are manufactured to provide both fire and burglary resistance. They are available in various levels of security and fire resistance, depending on your needs.
Security/Fire Boxes: These security/fire boxes are usually a small portable box made from steel or plastic. They are designed to resist fire damage and only provide limited burglary resistance.