Tru-Lock & Security sells and services safes to protect your personal belongings, photos, cash, or important documents from fire or theft. Our safe products are UL-listed, meaning they have been through rigorous testing to ensure they meet industry standards for safe performance in the case of fire or theft.

Stop by our showroom to look at the different sizes and models of safes that we carry!

How to Buy a Safe: UL Ratings & Testing Standards Explained

When it comes to purchasing a safe, the consumer is faced with an often confusing array of choices. Is the primary need burglary protection, fire protection, or both? And what degree of fire/burglary protection is required?

Luckily, the safe experts at Tru-Lock are available to first instruct you on how safes are rated by an independent government agency and then to help you select the proper safe for your very unique needs.

Come visit our Safe Show Room at 2080 Truax Blvd. Tru-Lock's sales team members understand the importance of the rigorous UL ratings and will make Safessure you select the right safe for your particular situation. trust Tru-Lock with all of your security needs.

While all safes offer some degree of protection from both theft and fire, every safe is designed to fulfill a specific security need. The process of selection the appropriate safe would be simplified if the consumer could compare the protective characteristics of one safe with another. Unfortunately, the consumer usually lacks the information to make such comparisons possible.

Underwriters' Laboratories Define the Standards in Safe Performance

No matter what form of protection you're looking for in a safe, don't choose just any brand of equipment. Look to a bran that carries the Underwriters' Laboratories label. Why? Because the UL label represents the only real standard of product performance in safes. Only equipment that has met the toughest requirements in the industry carries this endorsement. Here are a few things that set the UL label apart:

  • UL testing is the only testing process to be preformed on a non-profit, non-bias basis
  • UL has the only resign process solely for the purpose of consumer safety
  • UL is the only testing process with an extensive follow-up service and
  • UL is the only testing process fully recognized by insurance companies nationwide

And of course, Tru-Lock's safes carry this impressive label for burglary resistance, fire resistance or both.

UL Burglary Testing Measures Up

UL testing for burglary is one of the toughest testing procedures in the world. And, although the number of people, the tools and the time spent working to break into the safe vary with each burglary rating, the UL label provides assurance that each unit is built strictly according to UL standards. Tools used on the safe may include diamond grinding wheels, high-speed drills with pressure applying devices or common hand tools such as hammers, chisels and carbide-tip drills.

The time assigned to each burglary classification is a net working time (time spent trying to break into the safe). For example, the RSC (Residential Security Container) Label is based on testing conducted for five minutes of working time.

Safes with a TL-15 rating, withstood a net working time of 15 minutes, while TL-30 boast a full 30-minute net working time.

UL Testing Puts It Through Hell Before it Goes to You

For maximum protection, any fire resistant safe should carry no less then the Underwriters' Laboratories class 350 one-hour fire resistance label.

This does not come easy. For starters, the safe is heated for one full hour to reach an exterior temperature of 1700 degrees. Because paper will begin to char around 400 degrees, the unit must maintain an interior temperature of less than 350 degrees. Models with UL's two-hour fire label, means the safe exterior was heated to 1700 degrees for two hours.

After the one or two-hour fire test, the unit is subjected to a cool-down period, a key part of overall test that non-UL-lasted products may not include. In this part of this test, the unit is left in the oven with the heat turned off and allowed to coo. Because of the intense heat of the one or two-hour test, the interior temperature continues to climb, not exceeding 350 degrees (in some cases for up to an hour), before cooling begins and the test is over.

The next part of the UL test comes in the form of a mandatory explosion hazard test. In this procedure, the unit is inserted into a preheated 2000 degree oven. If not constructed properly, the rapid heating of the insulation would likely cause an explosion. All UL fire-rated safes, must pass this intensive test.

Further testing is done with the drop test. in this test, the unit is subjected to a 1550 degree oven for 30 minutes, then hoisted 30 feet in the air and dropped on a pile of rubble. As if that's not enough, the unit is then inverted and reheated to assure that no structural damage allowing heat penetration occurred in the drop.

Just as important as the fire and burglary testing is the UL follow-up service. Taking many forms, this service allows a UL inspector to drop in unannounced and at any time to see that all units are being built under the same constructing methods used on previously tested units.

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How to Buy

We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. if you are a business, leasing is also an option on some products. We can work with your lease company or we can arrange a lease with some of the best rates available. If you have a question about safes or would like to order please do not hesitate to call.