Safe Grades Explained

Safes have been protecting people’s valuables for years. Today, safes have become the go-to solution for private residences and businesses for the protection of valuables. Despite their popularity, most people have a challenge when it comes to purchasing the safe. There are too many specs to consider. If it is your first time purchasing a safe, you’ll realize there are many codes encrypted on the safe that can be very arduous to understand. One of the codes is a safe grade.

What is a safe grade?

A safe grade is a term used in the UK that explains the level of security the safe offers. In the UK, the safe grade is determined by the Eurograde system. It is a security numbering system used for high-security safes that are specifically designed to protect cash and valuables. 

Safes with Eurograde rating are designed to guard against burglary and theft. As stated earlier, these are high-security safes; therefore, they undergo a series of exhaustive testing before being given the Eurograde certification (EN1143status).

How do safe grades work?

Safe grades utilize a code or digits starting from zero to six, which is then assigned a cash rating. A cash rating indicates the ability of the safe to resist any physical attack from burglars. Since the number starts from zero to six, a safe having a safe grade of 6 provides the most robust resistance to attacks. On the other hand, one with a safe grade of zero offers the least resistance. Safes with safe grades of zero are, therefore, suitable for home use.

How is the safe grade assessed?

The zero to six safe grade system is mainly applied to safes designed to be resistant to theft and burglary. When you purchase a safe, you’ll see a specific grade written on the safe. So what does that grade mean?

The assigned grade on safe means the amount of cash it is designed to protect. For this grade to be assigned on that safe, there are several detailed testing that the safe has to go through. These tests are conducted by national testing agencies like ECBs and VdS.

Once the test is done, the testing agency will assess the safe and determine the resistance level of that particular safe, and then give it a grade. That is the safe grade. The grade assigned by the testing agency is based on the duration it takes to gain entry to the safe – that is either partial or full entry.

After all that process, a badge of certification from a testing agency will then be added to that safe. That badge is your proof that the given grade is legit. Nonetheless, look for the Association of Insurance Surveyors (AIS) as it will help you know if the safe grade given to that safe is certified correctly.

What about the fire rating?

It is a question most people ask when it comes to a safe grade. Yes, some safes do assign the fire rating on the grade for safes. However, this rating is not usually part of the EN1143 Eurograde test.



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