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.