Other Fire Tests

These fire tests are less well known than others we have mentioned. Few manufacturers use them, but we have included them here for convenience.

GB 16810-1997: A Chinese fire test, similar to the NT FIRE 017. This is a 60 minute test and safes with this rating will provide protection for paper.

These remaining fire tests more commonly apply to items such as filing cabinets or cupboards where a very low level of fire protection is needed, and are considered very much outdated in some industry circles. However, many products are still manufactured to these specifications.

DIN 4102: A very basic German fire test. The flammability of items is tested and rated by attempting to set them alight under test conditions.

BS 5438, Method 2: A very basic British fire safety standard, which tests the flammability of items by applying an igniting flame to them for 10 to 15 seconds.

BS 476: A British test mostly applied to building materials. Tests are designed to replicate a product’s real world use. Tests are run for 30, 60, 90, 120 or 180 minutes, depending on the classification required. Temperatures also vary according to the classification, ranging from approximately 840° C to 1110° C.

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