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What is a  Rated Safe & what does it mean?

It’s important to be educated on some basic concepts related to the Safe industry when deciding on the appropriate safe for your needs.  There are so many different types available;  every safe has a purpose, whether it’s a metal box with a lock on it or hardened steel body safe with fireproofing and an electronic fingerprint access keypad.  Understanding the capabilities and limitations of each safe will help see you through the entire process so that you know exactly how you are protecting your valuables.

* Be watchful of ratings!  Know what ratings are and what they mean.  Remember the old cliche’ about “what do you call the person who graduates last in medical school?” You call them “Doctor!”  It’s the same concept with safes.  Just because it has a rating doesn’t necessarily mean it will protect your valuables from fire or burglary.

This page is designed to equip you with some basic knowledge about Minimum Standards in the Safe Industry; what they are and what they mean.  Depending on what you are protecting: Paper, Firearms, or Jewelry - You will save time and frustration with a little education.


Classification RSC:

RSC stands for Residential Security Container.  

UL RSC Rating: The safe must meet specific construction requirements. The safe is also tested to prevent access to contents by physical attack; withstanding 5 full minutes of rigorous prying, drilling, punching, chiseling, and tampering techniques by UL technicians.

 

Classification TL-15:

Signifies a combination-locked safe designed to offer a limited degree of protection against attack by common mechanical and electrical hand tools and any combination of these means.

Construction Requirements

•   UL listed Group II, 1 or 1R combination lock.

•   750 lbs. minimum or comes with instructions for anchoring in
     a larger safe, concrete blocks or on the premises where used.

•   Body walls of material equivalent to at least 1" open hearth
     steel with a minimum tensile strength of 50,000 P.S.I.

•   Walls fastened in a manner equivalent to continuous 1/4"
     penetration weld of open hearth steel with minimum tensile
     strength of 50,000 P.S.I.

•   One hole 1/4" or less, to accommodate electrical conductors
     arranged to have no direct view of the door or locking
     mechanism.

Performance Requirements

Successfully resist entry* for a net working time of 15 minutes when attacked with common hand tools, picking tools, mechanical or portable electric tools, grinding points, carbide drills and pressure applying devices or mechanisms.

U.L. Label —Burglary Classification TL-30:

Signifies a combination-locked safe designed to offer a moderate degree of protection against attack by common mechan-ical and electrical hand tools and any combination of these means.

Construction Requirements are the same as a TL-15

Performance Requirements

Successfully resist entry* for a net working time of 30 minutes when attacked with common hand tools, picking tools, mechanical or portable electric tools, grinding points, carbide drills and pressure applying devices or mechanisms, abrasive cutting wheels and power saws.

* Entry=Safes classed as TL-15 — opening the door or making a six square inch opening entirely through the door or front face. Safes classed as TL-30 — opening the door or making a six square inch opening entirely through the door or front face.


** Hayman safes that are TL-30 Rated feature 1” Thicker Door, 1/8” thicker steel & 2” Bolts in door with 1 extra bolt on Top.


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