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Hi

Can you tell if the above safe is fireproof?  This is a large sturdy safe and guardian wombourne is the only identification I can find on it.  

Thanks
Jackie

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Hello Jackie,

Thanks for your question.  The term 'fire proof' is not longer used as it is an ambiguous term.  We now refer to safes as 'fire resistant' and quote a specific fire test certification.

Guardian made a wide range of safes; some were designed to protect cash and valuables whilst others secured paper records from loss by fire.  So I would need to see a picture of the safe to know what type it is (they all say Guardian Wombourne - it is where they were made).  

If it is easier, you can send pictures to me directly at info@mikepalmerconsultancy.co.uk  If you could send me two shots; one with the door closed showing the entire front of the safe, and one with it open showing the door thickness and the bolt-work.

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Mike Palmer FSyI
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I earn my living identifying safes and suggesting cash limits for risk advisors and insurance surveyors in the UK. I'm am pleased to comment on safes manufactured in the UK or Mainland Europe but I am unable to accept questions regarding safes made in the USA or elsewhere.

Experience

I have been in the UK safe industry for 40 years and have one of the largest archive databases of old safe literature and serial numbers in the country. I started with Chubb in 1960 and became Assistant Manager of their Bank Security Division before moving on to become the Insurance Liaison Manager with the John Tann Group. I became Sales & Marketing Director for Guardian Safes Limited before semi-retiring. I am a Fellow of the Security Institute and ex-Chairman of Eurosafe UK, a trade body representing the interests of UK safe makers and distributors. I now work as a part time consultant.

Organizations
I am an advisor to the Safe Committee of the Association of Insurance Surveyors, a Fellow of the Security Institute and founding Chairman of Eurosafe UK.

Publications
I have had literally scores of articles published in various security trade publications. So far this year I have had 24 features published in various journals including Keyways, Professional Security, Pawnbroker and Safe India. I have published one book, Peckham Boy, the life and times of the world's greatest safe cracker.

Education/Credentials
No relevant educational credentials.

Awards and Honors
In 1997 I was awarded the annual shield by the Association of Insurance Surveyors for "..outstanding services to crime prevention"

Past/Present Clients
I have represented or been an agent for the John Tann Group (Stratford, Ratner, Dreadnought and Tann safes); Churchill Safes, Chubb Safe Co Ltd, SLS Safes, SMP Safes, Dudley Safes and several others

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