FCR - Safeguarding your most important paperwork from fire
As a business organisation, you understand that your important paperwork, such as accounting information, contracts, certificates and other sensitive documents, is critical to your activity continuity and simply cannot be lost or destroyed. But your storage space for this type of files is difficult to come by. And even when space is available, a traditional security solution that focuses on burglary protection often leaves these files unprotected from the threat of fire, which can happen when least expected and can spell disaster, and in some cases, bankruptcy.
FCR fire files from Fichet-Bauche combine efficient storage with the added benefit of fire protection for paper documents for up to one or two hours. All FCR ranges from Fichet-Bauche are tested according to UL 72 standard and are certified at Class 350 levels. They are certified by the Underwriters Laboratory of America, based in Chicago, which is one of the world’s most stringent testing authorities. The UL’s classifications are globally recognized and accepted.
The FCR fire files are available in one hour and two hours fire endurance and with or without the additional Impact classification.
To ensure fire resistance up to the most stringent international standards, each range is subjected to extensive fire testing or combined fire and impact testing, which simulates the impact of a severe fire. This three-step process includes the following:
- Step 1
The filing cabinet is placed in a furnace and heated to a temperature of 1000°C or over, depending on the certification level. The furnace is switched off after one or two hours, depending on the certification level. The filing cabinet remains in the furnace until the temperature returns to ambient and is subsequently removed. The content is then examined for signs of damage. Both during furnace heating and the subsequent cooling period, the recorded internal temperature must not have exceeded 177°C (or 350°F).
- Step 2
All cabinets are subjected to rapid heating during the explosion or shock test. Cabinets are inserted into a pre-heated furnace to test the strength of construction. During the allotted time duration, internal temperatures are monitored and may not exceed the maximum of 177°C (or 350°F).
- Step 3
Some units are also subjected to impact tests. After a subsequent round of furnace heating, the unit is hoisted nearly 10 metres into the air and dropped on a bed of rubble. It is then placed back in the furnace for further heating. At all times, the internal temperature is measured and must never exceed the 150°C limit. Once opened, the contents must show no signs of damage.