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  1. What is a fire safe?

Fire safes are generally broken down into three main categories: Those which will protect paper documents; digital media such as USB sticks or DVDs; or magnetic data tapes such as LTOs, DAT tapes or DLTs.

Fire safes and data safes are built differently to protect their contents, as each can withstand different levels of heat:

Paper: 177 °C / 350 °F
Digital: 120 °C / 248 °F
Data: 52 °C / 125 °F

Data tapes are sensitive, easily damaged and susceptible to low levels of heat or humidity. The manufacturers recommend maximum exposure to heat must not exceed 52°C or humidity levels of greater than 85%. Thus, data safes are designed to keep the inside of the safe below 85% humidity, whilst also maintaining an internal temperature below 52°C (or about half that of a cup of coffee).

  1. Will they protect against a burglar?

Yes, they are still a safe at the end of the end of the day and many fire safes are suitable for secure storage for cash and valuables too. Much of what the average house owner keeps in a fire safe is often important documents like passports, house and vehicle documentation and even irreplaceable family photographs, meaning protection against fire is the main priority.

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However, as many home owners wish to keep their paperwork and valuables all in one place, many of our fire safes offer double protection. Our Cosmos HS9960 series, for example, is available with 60 minutes of fire protection and an overnight insurance rating of £100,000 for cash and £1 million for valuables. Even our entry level fire safes like the Titan FS1280 Series, offers 60 minutes fire protection for paper & digital media as well as being suitable for £2,000 cash or £20,000 for valuables.

  1. What should I be keeping in a fire safe?

With some documents, it is essential that they be easily accessible should the worst happen and a fire strikes. Insurance documents, passports, and house deeds will allow you to speedily make a claim and get back on your feet after a fire; whilst banking and investment information will ensure you will be able to access vital funds. You should consider keeping any legal document which you currently keep on your property in a fire safe, as often replacing them is a long and arduous process.

Fire safes are not only for important documents however. Sometimes, the most valuable items are those which hold sentimental value, and these are often completely irreplaceable. These can include family photographs, handwritten letters from loved ones, or your children’s drawings. As many people no longer print off their photographs, consider keeping data backups on a memory stick or hard drive.  Don’t forget to filter the safes on our website to ensure they are designed to protect your contents, whether they be your family’s paper birth certificates, a USB stick full of photographs, or a data tape containing your business’ back-up information.

  1. How are fire safes tested?

Fire resistant safes are rated by the amount of time they can withstand the extreme temperatures a fire produces, while not exceeding a set internal temperature depending on what it is designed to protect.  Phoenix design and manufacture fire safes that are tested to ensure that in the event of a fire the contents will remain protected, not only by fire but also by superheated gases and ultimately against water when the fire is extinguished. At Phoenix, all of our safes are tested to strict, internationally recognised standards.

  1. And why should I choose Phoenix?

Here at Phoenix, we truly understand the devastating consequences of house or office fires. We specialize in offering our customers the best and most appropriate level of fire protection for their belongings, and our customer service advisors are able to offer you expert advice should you need help choosing. Phoenix is now the largest manufacturer of fire and data safes in Europe, with an extensive range of products to suit your needs.

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We demonstrate our utmost confidence in our own products by offering a FREE lifetime “After-The-Fire” warranty, meaning that should you be unlucky enough to suffer a house fire or commercial fire, Phoenix will replace your fire safe free of charge.

”Phoenix Safe Company – Where peace of mind is guaranteed”


Traditionally many government subsidised or fully funded authorities are provided with an annual budget that runs from 1st April to 31st March. This means that they often try to ensure every penny of their budget for the current financial year is spent by the end of March, to make sure that their budget is fully replenished for the following financial year.

So, if you are a supplier to the public sector then let these customers know that they can buy Phoenix Safes from you.

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Products such as our Fire Ranger FS1510 Series Fire Cupboards and the FS2250 Series World Class Vertical Fire Files sell fast in March as they provide large storage capacities for the protection of paper records.  These kinds of products are ideal for the ‘Budget Burn’ that many of these organisations do in March.


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Who can enter?

  1. The promoter is: Phoenix Safe Company Ltd, whose registered office is: Apex House, 1 Orrell Mount, Bootle, L20 6NS
  2. This competition is open to UK and ROI residents only, aged 18 and older.
  3. There is no entry fee or purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  4. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  5. Only one entry will be accepted per person. Multiple entries will be disqualified.
  6. Closing date for entry will be 19th March at 23.59pm. After this time, no further entires will be permitted.
  7. The rules of this competition and how to enter are as follows:
    On Twitter – An entrant must follow the page @Phoenix_Safe_Co, and retweet the competition tweet for their entry to be valid.
    On Facebook – An entrant must like the competition post and comment with which colour they would like to win.
  8. The prize is as follows:
    ONE safe from the SS0721 range in a colour of the winner’s choice (Pink, Blue, Yellow).
  9. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry.
  10. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Twitter.
  11. ONE winner will be selected at random from all complete entrants across Facebook and Twitter. Winner will be announced within 5 working days of the closing date.
  12. Phoenix Safe Co Ltd. reserve the right to cancel this competition at any time.

On March the 28th, the brand new pound coin will be coming into circulation. Here is everything you need to know about the change:

Why the change?

Estimates claim that 1 in 30 pound coins are counterfeits, with more than 45 million forgeries currently in circulation in the UK. For businesses and the tax payer, this costs millions of pounds each year. The new pound coin has been billed as the most secure coin in the world. It will be made of two different metals, much like the current £2 coin, and this combined with its 12 sided design will make it much more difficult to copy. It will also have an embedded security layer within the coin, along with latent imaging, micro-lettering, and milled edges – In an effort to foil even the most determined forgers.

What will it look like?

The 12 sided design is in homage to the old “threepenny bit” which was in circulation between 1937 and 1971, the first coin to feature the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. In the year where the queen has celebrated her sapphire jubilee, this is a nostalgic nod to the length of her service. Of course, the new pound coin will still have a portrait of the Queen on one side, whilst the tails side has been designed by a 15 year old school boy from Walsall. This design includes a rose, a leek, a thistle and a shamrock – To represent each of the nations of the United Kingdom. In regards to its size, the new pound coin is slightly larger than the current design, but also thinner.

What does it mean for me?

Now is the time to start breaking open your piggy banks and rooting down the side of the sofas for your old pound coins. The new and old pound coins will be in co-circulation from March 28th until October 15th, when the legal tender status of the old pound coin will be withdrawn and you will no longer be able to pay with it in shops. After this date however, you will still be able to deposit the coin at your bank, and you’re recommended to contact your branch for more details. Most self-service machines, vending machines, and parking meters should have been updated to accept both coins, but this will be an ongoing process and you may struggle to use the new pound coin in some cases.

And for my business?

If your business operates equipment that handles the £1, you should already be underway in making the necessary adjustments or changes, and ensuring that all staff are fully aware. During the co-circulation period, you are able to accept either the old or new coins. You must return these to the bank in separate bags to enable them to be sorted efficiently. From the 15th October, you will be under no obligation to accept the old coin and should no longer distribute it.


Join us this week at the 2017 Spring Fair, 5-9 February at the NEC Birmingham.

Spring Fair is the UKs number 1 gift, DIY and home trade show.

Meet our expert team at stand 10A35. Our experienced staff will be on hand to answer any questions and will be demonstrating our safes and security products.

See you there!

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