How to identify that the chosen fireproof wardrobe protects my documents against fire?
You will need to make sure that the fireproof cabinet has inside a plate on which the following information appears:
1. Certifying body (VdS, ECB.S, UL)
2. Certification number
3. Level of protection: It is very important to differentiate a cabinet that protects papers from a cabinet that protects computer media:
S60 P: Paper protection 1 hour
S 120 P: Paper protection 2 hours
S 60 DIS: Computer media protection 1 hour
S120 DIS: Computer media protection 2 hours
Class 125 1hr.Dis: Computer media protection 1 hour
Class 350 2hrs.Dis: Computer media protection 2 hours
Class 125 1hr. Paper: Paper protection 1 hour
Class 350 2hrs. Paper: 2 hours paper protection
It is important to also check the standard that the tests were performed:
EN 1047-1: European Standard
VDMA 24991-1: German Standard
UL 72: Austrian Standard
NT FIRE 017: Swedish Standard
German and European standards are identical. Between the American standard and the European standard, there is a small difference: the impact test is optional in the American standard and mandatory in the European standard.
The Swedish standard is less stringent than the European standard (fire test performance but no thermal shock and impact tests, and test artificially without cooling curve monitoring).
4. Serial number
5. Trunk weight
6. Year of manufacture