At Brawn Security products, we want you to feel confident that you’ve chosen the right safe or security product to suit your needs. We invite you to browse just a few of our most frequently asked questions featured here on this page, and then call us today to get started!
What is the difference between burglary and fire safes?
A burglary safe has been tested and rated against an opening attack. A fire safe has been tested and rated against a fire. Fire resistant products generally use relatively light weight steel to reduce heat transference, which in turn prevents the products from attaining a security rating.
What does the initial BF stand for?
BF stands for Burglary/Fire. They are fire tested for 1 hour and have also been tested against burglary attacks.
Why do I need a special product for computer media? Don’t fire safes protect everything from fire?
Fire safes are available with different ratings, because paper and media require different forms of protection. During a fire, paper is more durable than media and can tolerate heat up to 450º F before igniting. However, paper will dry out and become brittle when exposed to heat. So, the paper rated file of safe is designed to release a little steam inside to balance the heat’s drying effect when the internal temperature nears 300º F. Media such as diskettes, CDs, and tapes cannot tolerate either the higher temperature or the humidity levels found in the paper rated products. They must be stored in an environment that will stay below 125º F and 80% humidity in order to be protected.
What does UL mean?
UL means Underwriters Laboratories Inc. which is an independent, non-profit product-safety testing and certification organization.
What are the different categories of the Burglary Safe?
Burglar Resistant Safes are available with or without the fire ratings described above. Burglary Resistant Safes are classified in the following categories:
How do I install my safe?
The installation method depends on what the safe is being fixed to. If you are fixing it on:
What if the batteries run down on a safe with electronic lock?
All electronic locks are designed to save your combination through an internal memory even if the batteries run down. Batteries are very easy to replace, follow the manufacture instruction.
What should I consider when I decide to purchase a safe?
Things to be considered when you are purchasing a safe:
Can my safe protect my documents forever against fire?
No, older fire safes lose their ability to protect against fire with age. The insulation and humidifying materials used in its construction become dry and are less likely to keep the temperature below 350°F as it gets older. A safe older than 10 – 15 years may no longer protect your important papers and valuables from burning up in a fire.
Are electronic locks reliable & easier to use?
Electronic digital locks have evolved over the past 10 years and locks are now extremely reliable. They are not only very quick and easy to use; they offer a wide range of optional functions including multiple user codes, time delay, time locking, audit trail and remote access.
Are cash safes fire proof?
Not necessarily. There is however a tendency amongst the principal manufactures to submit their cash safes for fire testing. The testing house & degree of fire resistance will be mentioned in their literature. If a degree of fire resistance is featured it will only be for paper documents. You cannot protect computer media in a cash safe. Higher levels of fire protection for paper records and computer media are provided by specialized document safes or data ones.
Will you need a specialized delivery service?
All safes shipments include dock to dock delivery. This means that the safe will be delivered to your loading dock. The driver’s only job is to back the truck up to the dock, it is the customer's responsibility to remove the safe from the truck and place it in its desired location. Inside delivery service is always an option and generally advised considering the fact that some safes weight over 2000 lbs. There will be some questions that need to be addressed first including:
Asking these questions first allows us to give you a more accurate delivery quote. If answered incorrectly, there could be a discrepancy when the inside delivery company arrives, and additional charges may apply.