Fire Ratings
 
1 Hr Fire Label
 
1.5 Hr Fire Label
 
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Manufacturer 1 Hour Fire Rating

This rating is primarily for the DynaVault line of safes, but also includes the MV5-1215 (the smallest MagnaVault).  For this rating a specially designed room is heated to 1200 °F, which is the highest temperature in the average house fire.  Once the room is heated, the safe is then placed inside the room and sensors inside the safe keep track of the internal temperature of the safe for the duration of the test, 1 hour.  Almost all non-media fire safes are designed to keep the internal temperature of the safe below 350 °F for the duration of the test.  The 350 °F temperature was chosen because this is the temperature at which most standard paper will char and combust.

It should be noted that that average house fire almost never rises above 1200 °F. This is based on the hottest point in the house, which is toward the roof.  A safe installed on ground level will most likely never experience temperatures that high.  However, safes on a second or third floor might.  In addition, the average length of a house fire is approximately 30 minutes, depending on the responsiveness of the local fire department.  Of course, all of this is contingent on the size and build of the house.  Multi-story homes will burn hotter and be more difficult to put out than a single story home.  All of these factors should be considered when protecting your valuables.

 

Manufacturer 1.5 Hour Fire Rating

This rating is primarily for the MagnaVault line of safes, except for the MV5-1215 (the smallest MagnaVault).  For this rating a specially designed room is heated to 1200 °F, which is the highest temperature in the average house fire.  Once the room is heated, the safe is then placed inside the room and sensors inside the safe keep track of the internal temperature of the safe for the duration of the test, 1.5 hours.  Almost all non-media fire safes are designed to keep the internal temperature of the safe below 350 °F for the duration of the test.  The 350 °F temperature was chosen because this is the temperature at which most standard paper will char and combust.

It should be noted that that average house fire almost never rises above 1200 °F. This is based on the hottest point in the house, which is toward the roof.  A safe installed on ground level will most likely never experience temperatures that high.  However, safes on a second or third floor might.  In addition, the average length of a house fire is approximately 30 minutes, depending on the responsiveness of the local fire department.  Of course, all of this is contingent on the size and build of the house.  Multi-story homes will burn hotter and be more difficult to put out than a single story home.  All of these factors should be considered when protecting your valuables.