Safe security ratings and certifications: UL ratings, burglary resistance, and more

When choosing a safe, it is essential to understand the different security ratings and certifications that are available. These ratings provide valuable information about the level of protection a safe can offer against burglary, fire, or other threats. Here are some key security ratings and certifications to consider:

UL Ratings: Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is a renowned organization that conducts rigorous testing to evaluate the performance of safes. UL issues ratings for various aspects of safe security:

a. UL TL Ratings: These ratings assess the safe’s resistance to burglary attacks using tools such as torches, drills, and explosives. TL-15 and TL-30 are common ratings, indicating that the safe can withstand a determined attack for 15 or 30 minutes, respectively.

b. UL TRTL Ratings: TRTL-30 and TRTL-60 ratings evaluate the safe’s resistance to advanced burglary attacks, including the use of high-powered tools and torches, for 30 or 60 minutes, respectively.

c. UL Fire Ratings: UL also provides fire ratings that indicate the safe’s ability to withstand fire-related conditions, such as high temperatures and impact tests. Common fire ratings include 1-hour, 2-hour, and 3-hour.

Burglary Resistance Ratings: Apart from UL ratings, safes may also receive burglary resistance ratings from other independent organizations. These ratings often include letter grades, such as B, C, or D, indicating the level of protection against burglary attempts. Higher grades indicate more robust security features.

European Standards: In Europe, safes are often tested and certified according to European standards, such as EN 1143-1. This standard evaluates the resistance of safes against burglary attacks and assigns them a grade, ranging from 0 to XIII, with higher grades indicating stronger security.

RSC (Residential Security Container): RSC is a common certification provided by the Safe and Vault Technicians Association (SAVTA) in the United States. An RSC rating ensures that the safe meets specific security standards and has undergone testing for basic burglary resistance.

Insurance Ratings: Some safes may carry insurance ratings, which indicate the level of security recognized by insurance companies. These ratings are often based on the safe’s construction, lock type, and resistance against burglary or fire.