Fire Resistant File Cabinets
Commonly referred to as fire files, these files actually fire resistant file cabinets. It is important to realize that if a fire burns hot enough and long enough, no cabinet is going to remain unscathed.
Therefore, as you look through your choices, please consider your situation -
- What are you trying to protect? - Electronic media, paper or both? Keep in mind paper begins to char at 350°F, while electronic media begin to degrade at 125°F.
- Do you need to worry about impact rating? - That is, if the floor under the cabinet is compromised by the fire - how far will the cabinet fall? If you're on a concrete slab on the first floor you probably don't need an impact rated cabinet (keep in mind, the impact rating also helps protect the cabinet from things falling on it - like the 2nd floor!)
- How safe from unauthorized entry does the cabinet need to be? Do you need a cabinet that is also a safe, or contains a safe? Do you need an electronic lock? Should you have one lock for all the drawers or an individual lock for each drawer?
- Do you need to worry about water damage? Whether from the fire department, or a sprinkler system, there is a great deal of water used when quelling a fire. Most fire resistant file cabinets are not designed to protect your documents from water damage.
The new Sentry file cabinets offer Fire, Impact and Water protection.