Under Construction

Under Construction: We have found a location in Port Charlotte and are very excited to get the building ready for business. Our showroom is going to be amazing with lots of residential, commercial, and gun safes. There will be something for everyone.

Thank You,

Mike Hinsley
PGI Safe and Lock

Burglary Safe Construction Ratings: What Level of Protection is Right for You?

Buying a safe may seem confusing at first, but understanding what levels of protection are available is the first step in finding what safe is right for you.

There are two general categories of safes: burglary safes and fire safes. Our product line offers a wide selection of burglary, fire or burglary fire safes with different levels of protection to choose from.

The rating or classification of a safe indicates the degree of protection that safe will provide its contents in the case of attempted burglary or fire. Safes are classified using two different methods: Construction Ratings and Test Performance Ratings. Construction classification relates to burglar protection and is determined by the material specifications of the safe. To receive a performance rating, the safe must both be built to a construction specification and be independently tested by attempted break-in or fire to make sure it meets the standard.

The best known independent burglary and fire testing agency is United Laboratories (UL). Intertek-ETL is also recognized as a highly reputable company that performs independent testing for fire resistance.

Before buying a safe, research the product’s construction and performance standards and make sure that the safe you’re purchasing will adequately protect your possessions.


Burglary Rated Safes

The burglary safe Construction Ratings were established by the insurance industry to develop a standard that will indicate the degree of protection a safe will provide against an attempted burglary attack. The most common construction ratings range from B-Rate to C-Rate.

The best burglary safe Test Performance Ratings were established by Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Underwriters Laboratories was founded in 1894 and is chartered as a not-for-profit independent testing organization. U.L. has been testing products and writing standards for safety for more than a century. The most common Test Performance Ratings range from the U.L. RSC burglary rating to the U.L. TL-15, TL-30 and TL30x6 high security ratings.

  • B Class
  • C Class
  • UL RSC
  • UL TL-15
  • UL TL-30
  • UL TL-30×6

Classification

B

B-Classification / Good Protection

The “B” burglary resistive classification is an industry construction and performance rating. This type of construction rating was established by the insurance industry to develop a standard that will indicate the degree of protection a safe will provide against an attempted burglary attack.

Construction Specifications

Steel doors less than 1 inch thick and steel body less than 1/2 inch thick.

Gun Safes-Why Pay Full Price

Are you in the Charlotte County and surrounding area, looking for an affordable gun safe.

I believe that you can get a quality affordable gun safe, and since safes are rated, you can be guaranteed a certain amount of protection. Safes are rated according to how hot of a fire it can withstand and for how long.

Most brands of safes are tested by the independent Underwriters Laboratory (UL). One very important thing to realize when you are shopping for a gun safe is that you want a safe that is “UL Listed”. This means that the product has actually passed a UL test.

If a product is labeled “Tested to UL Standards” that means that the product has been submitted for testing, but does not mean that it passed the test. Fire Safes are subjected to fire by UL for various lengths of times and at different temperatures. In order for a safe to earn a UL classification, items stored inside must remain completely undamaged.

So, if you find a cheap gun safe labeled “Tested to UL Standards” , then it is cheap in a negative way. But if it is cheap and is labeled “UL Listed”, then it is cheap in a positive way.

Of course, you can get a cheap – inexpensive because of inferior quality – form of security for your guns in another way. It is called a lock box, filing cabinet or locker.

Those may be quality items for their intended use, but are inferior when it comes to securing your guns. Your firearms should be kept somewhere that is hard to rob, and where your guns are also kept safe from hazards such as fire.