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Safe Anchoring

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Certification For A Safe Doesn't Apply If The Safe Isn't Anchored Correctly

It is a certification requirement under EN1143-1 that a safe is anchored with a holding force of 50kN (5.62 tons) for a safe up to grade III and 100kN (11.24 tons) over that grade. Holding forces that as you can imagine, rule out removing a safe without truly industrial levels of force that a burglar is highly unlikely to be able to provide.

  • If a safe hasn’t been anchored and fitted correctly the safe’s resistance to attack is compromised.
  • Incorrect fitting can also negatively impact a safe’s fire protection.
  • There is of course also the fact that an unbolted safe can often quite easily be removed from its location and attacked at a criminal’s leisure.

For all of these reasons and more an unbolted safe is not covered by insurance.



  • Only a concrete floor or wall without any cracks is suitable for proper anchoring and anchoring must be directly to the concrete surface.
  • In the case of fire safes all unused anchoring holes must be sealed.

All the necessary materials for anchoring are usually delivered with a certified safe by the manufacturer and many safes also have an additional anchoring points in the rear wall of the unit.

  • For wall fitting, obstructions such as plasterboard must be removed for correct anchoring.
  • It is recommended that only a qualified safe installer fits a certified safe.

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