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Fireproof Filing Cabinets Buying Guide

Fireproof file and media storage cabinets can be expensive, so it's important to pick out the best one that fits your budget. Here are some points to consider to help you with your decision:

Fire Rating
Paper Files - Storage cabinets that are truly fire resistant are certified by Underwriter's Laboratories. Make sure that the UL rating is clearly listed—for paper files, you'll find UL ratings of 350. This means that when the temperature outside the cabinet is 1700 degrees Fahrenheit for at least one hour, the contents inside the cabinet stay below 350 degrees.

Media Files - Computer media requires even greater protection, so you'll want a cabinet with a UL rating of 150 so that the temperature inside doesn't go over 150 degrees Fahrenheit.

Fire – Standard fireproof cabinets resist fire damage only.

Fire and Water – Cabinets that resist fire and protect against water damage are sealed and insulated to keep water from getting inside. This is particularly useful in rooms with sprinkler systems.

Fire, Water and Impact – Your storage cabinet may be exposed to falls from great heights in severe fires. Impact-resistant cabinets protect the contents from damage after a fall from as high as 30 feet.

Lateral and vertical file cabinets come in legal or letter sizes and are best for standard paper document filing. Drawers lock securely and most often you can only open one at a time.

Side Tab File Cabinets – Instead of a standard pull out drawer, side tab files have a retractable door that swings up. These fit legal or letter files and are ideal for offices or any situation where you need to keep files easily accessible. That way, you don't need to worry about constantly opening and closing drawers.

Media cabinets store your disks, CDs and cartridges. The capacity per drawer is always listed, so check to make sure there's room for everything you need. You can also find cabinets with a combination of media drawers and paper drawers to save space.

Since fireproof storage cabinets are insulated, they are heavier than standard filing units. If you'll need help getting your order inside your school or office, make sure you opt for inside delivery.

Check out our selection of fireproof filing cabinets. Still have questions or want to place an order by phone? Our friendly sales team is happy to help. Just call 1-800-260-2776.


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