Fireproof Filing Cabinets: A must for any office

Phoenix Excel FS2242 Fireproof Filing Cabinet

How much of your business relies on things that have been written or printed on a sheet of paper? Accounts, invoices, employment records, tax returns; all of these vital documents could be at risk in the event of an overnight fire at your premises. It takes approximately 7 to 8 minutes for the Fire Service to respond to an alert, more than enough time for your unprotected documents to be lost. For the modern office, fireproof filing cabinets are quite simply a must.

Fireproof filing cabinets are available in a range of sizes and configurations. They may have two, three or four drawers and be designed to hold files vertically or laterally (or both, using optional inserts). Different manufacturers typically favour different colour schemes, so you’re sure to find a filing cabinet that blends easily into your office.

You will also find many filing cabinets have various lock options available, from the standard key lock to more sophisticated electronic locking.

When purchasing a fireproof filing cabinet, you should always check that it has been independently tested and certified and that it can protect your documents for the length of time it will take for a fire to be extinguished. Temperatures within a building can remain high even after a fire is put out, so the greater the protection provided, the better.

While fireproof filing cabinets are typically designed to protect paper, many manufacturers can also provide data sleeves, inserts or boxes. These are designed to protect fragile computer media such as hard drives and floppy disks and must be placed within the filing cabinet in order to provide protection.

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