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What do Euro Grade safe ratings mean?

The Euro Grade system is a European wide security numbering system that is applied to a number of high security safes that are specifically designed as a reliable solution for homeowners and commercial businesses to safely store cash and valuables. The 0 to 6 Eurograde rating system is applied to safes that are designed to be theft and burglary resistant. All Eurograde safes must undergo an extensive series of testing before being certified that they can be granted EN1143 status.

The EN1143 Eurograde system uses the numbers 0 to 6 and each safe is assigned a cash rating. The cash rating system is used to indicate the ability of the safe to resist physical attacks. A Eurograde 6 rating indicates that the safe offers the strongest resistance to attack, while a Euro Grade 0 rating indicates that the safe offers the least resistance. Eurograde safes rated 0 would therefore be more suitable for home/small office use and not for storing large sums of cash or items of great value. This level of information is a guide for selecting the right model according to specific needs, and the level of security required for cash or valuables.

 

Eurograde 0 – Cash rating of £6,000 and a valuables rating of £60,000.

Eurograde 1 – Cash rating of £10,000 and a valuables rating of £100,000.

Eurograde 2 – Cash rating of £17,500 and a valuables rating of £175,000.

Eurograde 3 – Cash rating of £35,000 and a valuables rating of £350,000.

Eurograde 4 – Cash rating of £60,000 and a valuables rating of £600,000.

Eurograde 5 – Cash rating of £100,000 and a valuables rating of £1,000,000.

Eurograde 6 – Cash rating of £150,000 and a valuables rating of £1,500,000.

Once the test is done and the testing agencies have determined the resistance level of the safe a Eurograde rating is assigned. The resistance level is determined based on the length of time it takes to gain partial or full entry to the safe. A badge of certification from the testing agency can be found on or in the safe. The fire rating of 175 degrees for 30 minutes is also assigned to some safes although this is not part of the Eurograde EN1143 security test.

In addition it is important to note that all safes that weigh less than 1000kg must be securely bolted to the ground, otherwise the test certificate is null and void – as will be your insurance policy in the event that you have to make a claim.

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