SECURITY LEVELS & FIRE PROTECTION OF SAFES
OVERVIEW OF THE SAFES SECURITY LEVELS
In the range of gun safes or high security safes, you can differentiate different security levels against burglary & theft.
Is your safe really safe?
One should not try to assess the protection value of a safe according to its external characteristics; the higher the security levels for the weapon safe or high security safe. The thickness of the walls and the built in security features will protect against burglary.
There are different security levels worldwide. You have a guarantee of defined burglary protection in the respective security class, for example in the case of a weapon cabinet or a safe, by classification according to VDMA, VdS or ECB-S. A constant quality of your safe is guaranteed by type-tested standards.
Each gun cabinet or safe has a label on the inside of the safe door in the form of a stamped aluminum badge. Before a safe or weapon cabinet receives a marketing authorization, it is subjected to extensive break-in attempts and tests in a testing institute. Only when the safe has met all criteria will it be certified.
For the insurance of the contents of your safe you should consider the following:
- Wall safes have no minimum weight. Pay attention to the manufacturer's installation instructions.
- Anchor the safe when the weight is less than 1000 kg. This is particularly important.
- The property insurer can classify insurance. This is possible thanks to the test label on the inside of the door in the safe.
AIS APROOVED PRODUCTS
The Association of Insurance Surveyors Ltd is independent of Insurance and Security industries, a well-known and respected body of individual risk control and reduction experts working in the insurance market throughout the UK.
They aim to seek continuous improvement in all aspects of protection of persons and property against insurable risks. For this, they collect and assess information on products and services in the security industry, and offer a guideline to insurers.
Please see below a list of our products and their cash rating recommended by the AiS.
ECB.S LFS 30P
Diamant Super Premium
ECB.S & VSO EN1 and LFS 30P
ECB.S S2 and LFS 30P
ECB.S EN1 and LFS 60P
ECB.S & VSO EN2 and LFS 30P
ECB.S & VSO EN3 and LFS 30P
Office Fire Premium
ECB.S S2 and LFS 60P
ECB.S & VSO EN1
Projekt Fire Premium
ECB.S & VSO EN4 and LFS 30P
Resort Fire Premium
ECB.S & VSO EN5 and LFS 30P
SECURITY STANDARD EN 1143-1
With the security standard EN 1143-1 you have the guarantee of defined burglary protection in the specified security class (e.g. EN O / N; EN 1; EN 2; EN 3 etc.) of your weapon cabinet or safe.
A safe according to this standard is type-tested and thus a constant quality is guaranteed, which is also regularly checked. You can recognize these safes by the certification badge (e.g. VdS badge; ECB-S badge etc.), which is located on the inside of the safe door.
If a safe, weapon cabinet or safe is certified for burglary and fire protection, then 2 badges are attached.
Safes, ATM safes, strong room doors and strong rooms
Secure safe cabinets
Data rooms and data containers
High security locks
Light fire storage units
Pedestrian door sets, windows, curtain walling, grilles and shutters - Burglar Resistance - Requirements and classification
VDMA SECURITY LEVELS
The standard sheet VDMA 24992 (May 1995 edition), which was withdrawn without replacement on December 31, 2003, defines terms and requirements for steel cabinets (for example a weapon cabinet) of security levels A and B.
Steel cabinets can be designated as security level A or B according to VDMA 24992 if the requirements of the VDMA 24992 standard (May 1995 edition) are met as building regulations for these products, such as for a weapon cabinet or safe.
A type test, certification and external quality control, as is the case with certified safes according to the European standard EN 1143-1, does not take place.
The manufacturers must confirm compliance with the requirements on a rating plate.
VDMA security levels according to VDMA 24992 (as of May 1995)
- VDMA "A" - light burglary protection - no protection against fire
- VDMA "B" - limited burglary protection - protection against light fires
FIRE PROTECTION CLASSES
A safe is tested in a special process by the official materials testing institute for construction (MPA) in Braunschweig to determine whether it is suitable for fire protection. A special fire test room is used in which the safes are subjected to a fire test in combination with a fall test. Many well-known test institutes, such as VdS; ECB-S etc. use this fire protection test EN 1047-1 from the MPA in Braunschweig and use it to certify their products such as the weapon cabinets or safes.
THE "BRAUNSCHWEIG TEST" is divided into two parts and two identical safes are always used.
In part 1, the safe or weapon cabinet must pass a fire resistance test. The max. permissible temperature increases in this period of time inside the cabinet are not exceeded.
Part 2 has to pass a fire burst and fall test. The safe, weapon cabinet or safe is heated to 1090 ° C within 30 minutes. This is followed by a fall test from a height of 9.15 meters onto a gravel bed within 4 minutes. After the fall test, the safe or weapon cabinet is reheated to 840 ° C for 30 minutes. The cabinet then remains in the fire room until it has clearly cooled down.
Degree of fire protection
Hours of protection
Temperature increase (max.)
S 120 P
2 hours for paper
S 60 DIS
1 hour for CD´s
S 120 DIS
2 hours for CD´s
DEGREE OF FIRE PROTECTION ACCORDING TO EN 15659 BG
LFS 60P 1 hour for paper
OTHER FIRE PROTECTION CLASSES FOR SAFES
Degree of fire protection according to EN 1047-1
UL Fire Test (Underwriters Laboratories)
American, independent and leading test laboratory
There are a number of standards and guidelines for this UL test
NT Fire 017 - Swedish fire test
90 min. Long-term test at temperatures up to 1000 ° C. Then the temperature inside is max. 150 ° C, well below 177 ° C, the critical point for paper.
S 60 DIS
1 hour for CD’s
S 120 DIS
2 hours for CD’s