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How likely is a fire in your facility?

Building fire

(Transcript) A fire is a frightening catastrophe that we think “won’t happen to us.” You might think you are safe in your place of work, guarded by those little sprinklers in the ceiling. Perhaps you are certain that your safe or concrete vault or storage room will protect your irreplaceable media and other valuables from fire, water, and smoke damage. But it doesn’t matter—the chances of a fire in this facility are nil.

Fires can begin in the most unexpected places at the most unexpected times. There are facilities, such as police stations and government offices, that have recently been victims of arson and terrorism, which was rare only a few years ago. Your workplace may not be a target for such catastrophes, but let’s take a look at some recent statistics for commercial building fires from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • 13,200 electrical fires
  • 9,000 contained trash (wastebasket) fires
  • 2,100 spontaneous combustion fires
  • 10,900 heating/HVAC equipment fires
  • 2,300 fires started by lightning
  • Over 65% of fires in commercial buildings are due to power and climate control equipment (generators, battery backups, transformers)
  • 31,000 arson cases with $755 million in damages
  • 111,500 commercial fires with $2.6 billion in damages

Judging by these recent statistics, it is apparent that fires can start any time, anywhere, in unexpected ways. It’s not only the monetary damage that matters; the loss of data can be incalculable.

With a FIRELOCK® modular fireproof vault, what you can expect is the highest-rated, most customizable fireproof vault on the market. Fire safety is everyone’s business. Protecting critical, irreplaceable data, documents, equipment, and other valuables is FIRELOCK®’s business.

FIRELOCK® provides these articles for information purposes only. We do not necessarily provide all products and services mentioned; they are for comparison purposes only. Always contact a professional about non-FIRELOCK® products and services mentioned. 


Since 1982, FIRELOCK® has been the world’s leading manufacturer of media-rated modular vault chambers. Unlike poured-in-place concrete vaults, FIRELOCK® vaults are constructed from individual panels, filled with a heat-resistant ceramic material, and they are lightweight, movable, and expandable. When combined with current high-density storage systems, FIRELOCK® vaults offer extremely high space efficiency at a considerable cost advantage per cubic foot of storage. The value of assets stored in FIRELOCK® vaults today reaches hundreds of billions of dollars and ranges from priceless animation cells and World Wrestling Entertainment videos to pharmaceutical research records and U.S. Department of Education student loan information.

With a FIRELOCK® vault, you invest in the highest-performing vault on the market today to ensure the protection of your most vital records and irreplaceable items. You gain the ability to store microfilm, computer media, file servers, and paper in one location, as well as the peace of mind that comes from knowing that all the environmental- and fire-protection elements are in place.

FIRELOCK® has been in business since 1982, and we have installed over 2000 vaults around the world. Because of this broad experience, we know how to build a vault that will provide you with maximum protection today and the flexibility to grow with you into the future.