Will cash burn in a fireproof safe? This is the question many people face when they consider buying a safe. The answer is simple:
No, cash and other paper documents will NOT burn inside a proper fireproof safe. Safes with at least an UL Class 350 rating are designed to secure paper materials in case of fire emergency. There are various models that provide different level of protection and you can choose the best option depending on your budget.
If you have some cash and you intend to keep it at home or in the office, you will naturally want to protect it from fire as well as from water and theft. Here’s what you need to know in terms of protecting paper money from burring.
At What Temperature Does Money Burn
Cash or paper in general starts to ignite and burn at the temperature of 424 – 475°F (218-246 °C). The conditions that lead to it igniting may vary though. For example, it depends on for how long the money is being exposed to fire and at what proximity. Or if the cash is completely dry or not. Because if money was exposed to water or other substances it will affect the ignition temperatures in both ways. It can catch on fire either faster or slower.
But in most cases we keep our money dry so you should take the above mentioned temperature range as a reference.
What Fireproof Rating Will Protect Cash From Burning
Fireproof safes have a special rating indicating their fire-resistant capabilities. Knowing the temperatures at which paper money starts burning means you should choose a safe that is able to keep its inside temperature below these limits. So what safes are designed to protect you paper assets?
You should use at least an UL Class 350 rated model to safely store paper money and other documents. You can subject such model to external temperatures of over 1700°F(927°C), and the temperature inside the box will not go higher than 350°F (175°C). Thus, your assets can be preserved with safes of UL Class 350 rating.
UL Class 350 models usually come in two variations: 1-hour and 2-hours. Both are designed to preserve the paper assets when exposed to external fire. The UL Class 350 2-hour offers a higher level of protection as the temperature inside the box will not go higher than 350°F (175°C) for at least 2 hours (compared to 1-hour version).
Choosing Best Fireproof Safes For Keeping Cash
There are multiple brands and manufacturers that produce fireproof safes. But some companies are more diligent, some have a better manufacturing and testing processes and make a better-quality product in general. And some companies are actually better to avoid altogether. With how many different ratings and specifications there are it can be challenging to choose the best brand and fireproof safe model.
No need to worry, we have written an article specially for this purpose. It has All the necessary information as well as models’ comparison in one place, combining all the vital and essential factors to help you choose the best Fireproof Safes for storing cash.
The answer to the question “will cash burn in a fireproof safe” is No. But the safe must have at least UL Class 350 rating and the house fire must not exceed the specification values for a specific model.
If you would like to increase the safety of your paper assets you can use UL Class 125 safes. The internal temperature in such models will not exceed 125°F (~52°C). This provides even higher protection against unpredictable conditions of fire emergencies. They are more expensive, however, if you are planning to keep considerable amount of funds inside it can be worth it.
We will cover UL Class 125 certified variants in our next articles.