Safes and Vaults

USCAN SafeActive Lock and Safe carries a wide range of safes from economy to elaborate fire/burglary safes. We carry free-standing, in-floor, wall, data safes, gun safes and can also supply UL, Fire Rated or Burglary Rated safes with either mechanical or electronic locks.

If we don't have a safe in stock on the floor that you require we will create a special order just for you.

Safe Ratings: UL, Fire, Burglary etc

Are you sure your valuables are safe from fire or burglary?

Many safes are constructed to protect contents from fire; however many safes won't protect all types of contents from fire. Because of this, it is vitally important to know what types of items will be stored in the safe you purchase.

It is equally important to read the labels very carefully, as some can be misleading. Many safes will state that they are "Tested to UL standards" but that doesn't mean they have passed the UL tests. Only safes with the appropriate UL label have actually passed the tests and become UL approved and certified.

What tests are done for UL Fire Ratings?

Before one can understand the process of what tests are carried out there are a few things that need to be explained and taken into consideration.
  1. Paper documents char between 425-450 ° F
  2. The average house fire is approximately 1200° F
  3. UL tests subject safes to external tests of up to 2000° F
  4. UL tests only allow for a maximum humidity of 80%
  5. There are typically 3 classes of fire safe depending on what they are intended to contain
Class 350
This rating states that the internal maximum temperature must not exceed 350° F at any time during the tests and is acceptable for paper documents.

Class 150
This rating states that the internal maximum temperature must not exceed 150° F at any time during the tests and is acceptable for magnetic tape and photographic film.

Class 125
This rating states that the internal maximum temperature must not exceed 125° F at any time during the tests and is acceptable for floppy disks.

Each classification must not exceed its maximum internal temperature for the specific length of time that it is being tested for. The time ranges are from 30 minutes to 4 hours. As an example; a UL rating of Class 150 2 Hour simply means that the internal temperature will not exceed 150° F for up to 2 hours.

So what tests are done? Oven tests are performed on a safe heating up the external temperature to 1200-2000° F for the time limit being tested for. A cool down test is also performed with the oven turned off but the safe left inside. As this cooling occurs the safe continues to heat up from the residual heat inside the oven. Throughout the heat up and cool down tests, the safe may not exceed its maximum internal temperature for the class it is listed under.

Next, an impact test is also performed by dropping the safe from a height of 30 feet onto concrete; simulating a structural collapse of a building. The safe is then turned upside down and reheated for 30 minutes. A final test known as an explosion hazard test is also completed to ensure that the safe will not self explode by increased internal pressure due to rapid heating; thus causing bodily harm and damage to the contents. Once a safe has passed all 3 tests it receives a UL rating and classification.

What about water damage?

Even though your safe may carry a fire rating doesn't mean it carries a water resistance rating. When a fire breaks out, there is the danger of water damage due to firefighting efforts. Luckily, most safes create a positive internal pressure which keeps fire and water out and your valuables safe and secure. However, in the event of a flood your safe may not be protected. If you are looking for a water-resistant safe in either situation you will need to ensure you purchase a safe carrying a sufficient water rating as well.

What about burglars and theives?

Many thieves are not familiar on how safes are constructed, and even those that do often don't know the proper way to crack a safe. Therefore, they resort to improvised methods of attack using items such as drills, hammers, pry bars, and even cutting torches to attack a safe and gain entry. Luckily, there are UL burglary ratings that help protect your valuables from such attacks. A burglary rating corresponds to both how long it takes the UL technician to enter it and the tools used to accomplish it.

So what are the ratings?

  • RSC-B, RSC-C
  • TL-15, TL-30, TL-60, TL-15x6, TL-30x6, TL-60x6
  • TRTL-15, TRTL-30, TRTL-60, TRTL-15x6, TRTL-30x6, TRTL-60x6
  • TXTL-60, TXTL-60x6
So what exactly do these numbers mean?

RSC stands for Residential Security Containers and have the ability to withstand at least 5 full minutes of rigorous prying, drilling, punching, chiseling, and tampering by UL technicians. The difference between B and C ratings are that B ratings are containers less than 1/2" thick steel and C ratings are at least 1" thick steel while passing RSC testing.

TRTL-30x6 breaks down as such:

  • TR: Torch resistant
  • TL: Tool resistant
  • 30: Number of minutes of continuous attack before successful penetration
  • x6: All six sides of the safe
  • TX: (as in TXTL-60) means it also withstands high explosives up to 8 ounces of nitroglycerin

Safe Lockouts

There are many reasons people can be locked out of a safe; and if youíre stuck in this unfortunate situation you can rest assured that we can help you re-gain control of your property. Safe opening services are one of our specialties; and 99% of the time you don't have to throw away your safe after itís been opened. After opening a safe, we have the ability to repair your safe and make it operational again. As with all open ups, please be prepared to provide proper identification and proof of ownership.

Banks and other financial institutions, please contact your security center (if applicable) to request such services.