How long will it take to get a file once I place an order?
We maintain a quick ship program for our most popular models and
colors which can be shipped the next business day. Please call
your Schwab dealer for more information.
Are all fire resistant files alike?
No, there are a lot of differences. The Schwab design is recognized
as being superior in appearance, security and fire protection.
At Schwab every file drawer is completely insulated, making each
one independently fire resistant. If a drawer is accidentally
left open and fire strikes, this feature will halt the spread
of fire throughout the entire file. The Schwab files also have
an inner-steel drawer jacket that prevents entry into a locked
drawer from an unlocked compartment. It also keeps insulation
dust from contaminating your files. One of the biggest differences
in a Schwab file compared to others is Insulite™, the most
effective insulation in the industry. Insulite provides maximum
protection with thinner walls and less weight than competitors'
insulation. Because Insulite does not contain free water it will
not dry out and lose its ability to provide fire protection over
a period of time as compared to competitor’s files utilizing
gypsum as an insulating material. Gypsum being the same material
as that used in drywall, makes it vulnerable to water and decomposition.
Why do I need a special product for computer media? Don't fire resistant
files and safes protect everything from a fire?
Fire resistant files and safes
are available with different ratings, because paper and media
require different levels of protection. During a fire, paper is
more durable than media and can tolerate a wide range of humidity
levels and heat up to approximately 400°F before igniting.
Media such as diskettes, CDs, and tapes cannot survive either
the higher temperature or the humidity levels found in the paper
rated products. They must be stored in an environment that will
stay below 125°F and 80% humidity in order to be protected.
Schwab media products are designed to meet these strict requirements.
Why do I need a special file? My standard files are metal - they
Standard metal files may not burn, but they will directly conduct
the fire's heat inside, where your records will ignite and burn.
In a sense, your metal files become incinerators.
Does the insulation ever lose its effectiveness?
unique, chemically dry insulation will maintain its effectiveness
over time, since it has no free water to evaporate. Upon heat
the Insulite material goes through a reaction that generates moisture.
Some of our competitor’s insulation loses its effectiveness
over time. All insulation designated as "wet", "oven-baked"
or "oven-dried" loses its free water over time, thereby
compromising its fire-resistant capabilities.
Are these products theft or security rated?
Most Fire resistant products generally
use relatively light weight steel, which in turn prevents the
products from attaining a security rating. However, Schwab’s
unparalleled seamless outer wrapper, sealed back panel, and inner
steel drawer vault, is the only design that makes forced entry
impossible to conceal. Security locks are also useful if you want
to prevent someone from breaking into your file or safe without
leaving obvious physical proof. We offer various locking
options to increase security.
What is the benefit of a product that is rated Class 350 or Class
125 when most fires exceed temperatures of 350°F or 125°F?
Laboratories, Inc. class rating signifies the maximum internal
temperature allowed during the fire test. Depending on the length
of the UL fire test, the external temperature to which the product
is subjected will range from 1550°F to 2000°F; yet the
internal temperatures cannot exceed 350°F
or 125°F- for paper or computer media, respectively.
How adequate is a product rated for only one hour when most fires
last much longer?
A typical fire burns at around
800°F. As it passes through the building, the fire's intensity
changes as flammable items are consumed. Fires usually average
only 20 minutes in any location. This intense burn is comparable
to the burn portion of the UL test. After the flammable items
are consumed in the fire, the overall temperature decreases, leaving
items inside the fire to absorb the radiant heat. This part of
the fire is comparable to the cool down portion of the UL test.
Depending on the product being tested, the cool down portion of
the test can last as long as 15-25 hours, during which the internal
temperature and humidity levels cannot exceed the standards set
forth by the test. Most products that fail the UL test fail during
this cool down period. Be wary of marketing hype that says "tested
to UL standards" - tested doesn't necessarily mean the product
passed the test. A one-hour rating means the product will also
survive the cool down period.
Why should I buy records protection products? After all, I'm insured.
Insurance can and will only cover the portion of your losses that
can be documented. Some records may be priceless to your family,
or imperative to the survival of your business, and not easily
reconstructed no matter what dollar amount insurance may award
you. Real insurance is the use of protection products that will
preserve rather than replace those valuable family keepsakes or
After a fire, how long do I need to wait to open the file or safe?
For maximum protection, please allow the file or safe to cool
completely, where you can comfortably rest your hand on the product
before opening. Artificially cooling the outside by pouring water
on the product will cool the surface temperature, but may give
a false impression of how cool the insides are, so use extreme
Can I reuse the insulated product after a fire?
Once the product has been exposed to fire, the insulation loses
its protectiveness. There is no way to re-insulate the product,
and it should be discarded. If you are the original owner of a
Schwab file, record/media cabinet or safe, and have registered
the product with Schwab Corp., you may be entitled to a free product
replacement under our Limited Lifetime Replacement Warranty. Contact
your Schwab representative for further information.
Are these products waterproof?
No, water resistance can be a concern. When a file is in a fire
there is a positive pressure on the inside of the file along with
the expansion that tends to keep water out. This is true of all
makes of fire files. It is when there is no fire that a file is
vulnerable to water intrusion. However, only Schwab’s design
with a superior combination of seamless outer wrapper, sealed
back panel, interlocking drawer joints and inner steel drawer
vault help aid in preventing the entry of water. Schwab’s
insulation is cleaner and lighter weight than that used by competitors
because it contains no free water and conversely, does not absorb
water. Schwab Corp. is the first and only fire protection product
manufacturer to further address the issue of water protection
when fire is not present. We have developed and are soon to be
releasing a revolutionary design to the industry, Trident™,
which is the Next Logical Step™
in water resistance. Please revisit our New
Products page soon for further details.
Are these products really fire proof?
The actual UL classification is for fire resistance. Virtually
no product on the market has been tested and proven to survive
against every possible fire, so Underwriters
Laboratories, Inc. has devised a rating system to determine
a products ability to withstand fires of specific temperatures
and lengths and will only issue certification based on a product's
proven ability to meet or exceed these standards.