All I know is, it takes heat to 1550 degrees F, and a customer on site said her impotant papers survived a fire.
no its not waterproof
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
The Sentry 1170 Fire Chest "safe" is NOT waterproof...some of the "higher end" (more expensive) Sentry Fire Chests are but they have to SAY that.
As for fire-rated, they are supposed to be able to resist a fire (1200 degrees F) for 30 minutes -- the inside of the "safe" is not supposed to get hotter than 350 degrees F for that 30 minute period (paper chars/burns at 451 degrees F).
Still, re: "waterproofing," I have seen the NON-waterproof rated Fire Chests (like the 1170 or 1100) in a "fire demonstration" test get water from fire hoses on them after a short fire and no water got inside because these "safes" get their lids welded shut during a fire (as was designed, it's not a defect). Sure, you have to pry them open with a prybar and hammer after a fire but so what...the safe is ruined anyway so you'll have to get another one regardless.
So in short, if you can afford a "waterproof" rated Sentry Fire Chest, get one, otherwise, I really wouldn't be concerned. And if the Fire Department doesn't get to "your" fire within 30 minutes -- as long as most of these are fire-rated for -- everything will be burned up inside anyway so it not being waterproof (or even if it is) won't matter much.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
- Galveston, TX
Not sure if it is waterproof, but by fire resistant for 1/2 hour means... exactly that! It will protect the documents in the box in a fire for 1/2 an hour...any more and the heat may overwhelm the box and its contents.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago