Safes 101


How do you know which safe is right for you?

How do you know which safe is right for you? As you can see, there are a lot of options, parts and features that are all designed to best protect some of the things most important to you, some even irreplaceable. We understand the complexity behind the features of our safes, and we want to help make it easier for you to find what you need to protect your family and valuables. This section will help you to learn about our options for peril protection, capacities/sizes, locking systems, and everything else you need to understand in order to choose the best safe for you...






Our safes are designed to protect your world and your important things from some of life’s greatest and most nexpected dangers,   including fire, water and burglars.                                                   



   Sentry®Safe offers the best fire protection in the business. In fact we invented fire-resistant storage   containers more than 80 years ago. Our safes can withstand temperatures ranging from 1,150° F to 1,850    °F (843°C to 1010°C).  


     Underwriters Laboratory(UL) is an internationally-recognized independent testing firm.  UL tests are independent tests of Sentry®Safe Fire-Safe® products. For a product to earn a UL classification, the documents/items stored inside must remain completely undamaged after being subjected to ½ hour (1550°F / 843°C), 1 hour (1700°F / 927°C) or 2 hours (1850°F / 1010°C) of fire exposure. 6.jpg


   Only products with the Underwriters Laboratory(UL) mark have been tested to withstand these stringent conditions.  



Different strength UL tests are required for paper, media and sensitive material storage. These tests, on top of the security that already comes with the Sentry®Safe brand name, provide the ultimate insurance that your possessions are safe from harm while inside a Sentry®Safe product.


   Sentry®Safe products also undergo ETL Semko testing. ETL Semko is also an internationally-recognized independent testing firm headquartered in the UK which verifies products are in compliance with the manufacturer's specifications for fire endurance.  



   When businesses lose operating records to a fire, 30% close their doors forever. Don’t let this happen to you! Choose Sentry®Safe to protect your important belongings!  






Protects Media

More and more data are stored digitally rather than on paper. Volume and value of data stored has become a major asset for many companies.
Digitally stored data may be threatened by theft, misuse, sabotage, espionage – next to damage or destruction by fire, water, gases.
®Safe products can help you protect your most vital assets.
Selected Sentry
®Safe products have been verified by ETL Semko to protect CDs, DVDs, Memory Sticks and USB Drives during a fire for 30 minutes/1-Hour or 2-Hours. (Refer to onwer’s manual for specific models)   




Select UL Classified Sentry®Safe products pass a UL Explosion Hazard test, which means they are subjected to a flash fire of 1093°C for 20 minutes and the product does not explode. (Refer to owner’s manual for specific models)



Select 1-hour and 2-hour safe models carry the UL Classification for Fire-Impact testing. The products are heated to specified temperatures (depending on the model) and then dropped 15 feet or 30 feet (depending on the model) onto rubble, cooled, inverted and reheated. In order to pass the test, the product must remain closed and the contents must be intact and usable. (Refer to owner's manual for specific models)



     At Sentry®Safe, we understand that water damage can happen fast, furious and when you least expect it. That’s why you need to make sure those things that are important to you remain safe and dry! This is where we come in: Sentry®Safe is proud to offer different levels of waterproof and water-resistant technology to ensure your most treasured valuables are unscathed by the unwelcomed presence of water in your home. 13.jpg


         14.jpg The Sentry®Safe ETL verified waterproof guarantee ensures that items you place in your Sentry®Safe Fire-Safe® Waterproof chest or file will remain dry even through extreme exposure to water. Our waterproof products are tested by being completely submerged for an hour in water that goes up to two inches above the uppermost surface of the chest or file.The product passes the test only if no more than 8 drops of water enter the safe!


         Sentry®Safe Fire-Safe® Advanced Business (e.g. OA3817, OA5835) and Home/Office Safes Model (e.g. SFW123CSB, SFW123DTB, SFW123GTC) are classified as water-resistant. This means products have withstood 15 minutes of 1,000 gallons of water spray as well as 24 hour of standing in 8 inches of water with no damage to products inside the safe! (Refer to owner’s manual for specific models)  



Sentry®Safe products can help you find Peace of Mind.

Many Sentry®Safe Security products (see specific product information for details) are tested by California Department of Justice (DOJ) standards performed by professional locksmiths to resist attacks using such tools as chisels, pry bars, and variable speed drills for 5 minutes.

There are few things more jarring than knowing an intruder has entered your home. But knowing your valuables are safe from theft in a Sentry®Safe security product will help put your mind at ease!