As of now there is no one standard in the USA to assure that the rating
companies advertise for their fire safes meet a set criteria. For this reason it
is important for consumers to make sure that the fire safes they purchase have
been rated by an independent laboratory which has no interest in helping the
manufacturer make sales.
When fire safes are
rated by an independent, technically expert organization that doesn't have
financial interest in the product, it assures that the public gets the
protection the manufacturer advertises. The laboratories that rate the
safes on this site are not affiliated with the government in any way as
Laboratories, Inc (UL) is a not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization that
was established in 1894. At that time in the USA, there was no
organization or law to protect comsumers from potentially dangeruous products. Originally
ULs focus was product safety and they
created procedures to assess risk for the public safety. Over the
years, UL has also rated products for burglary and fire-resistance.
UL's independent status allows it to give an unbiased
assessment of products.
Is another major independent laboratory. ETL SEMKO is a division of
Intertek. It traces its roots back to Thomas Edison who invented the first
light bulb. He could see that electronic devices could be dangerous and felt it was
necessary to set up a way to test electronic lamps for safety. He established ETL in 1904 with
ETL standing for Electrical Testing Laboratories. In 1978, ETL moved to
Cortland, NY and launched its Product Safety Certification program which is
recognized by OSHA. ETL is committed to paying close attention to quality,
detail and safety.
At the FireSafeStore we are proud to offer you a large selection of products all
rated by independent laboratories. We are more than happy to help you make your selection. Please feel free
to call us a 1 (877) 442-9964 or send your questions by email.