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In the Event of Fire: How to Protect Your Stuff

September 9th, 2010

fire-safety.jpgFor all of your possessions to be destroyed by fire must be like losing your past: everything that was you and makes you who you are has gone up in flames. In the heat of the moment, some people may be tempted to dash into the building to rescue items of particular value but the truth is that the same health and safety rules that apply to a fire in a public building apply to your own home. You should be standing back, letting the professionals deal with the situation and not putting your already lucky self in danger by rushing in to save paperwork or keepsakes.

Those paperwork items and keepsakes are quite often irreplaceable and in a more lucid moment, purchasing some kind of fireproof box is the answer.

So, having bought that personal fireproof box, what are you likely to put in it?

1. Insurance documents. While your house is going up in smoke, you really don’t want to be worrying about where the insurance papers are. Once you’ve adjusted to what has happened, you’re going to need those documents at hand.

2. If you keep money in the house, it might be something you decide to make a dash for. If it’s already safe in a fireproof container, you won’t make what could be the biggest mistake of your life.

3. Deeds to property and certificates of ownership. Trying to replace these could be a minefield.

4. Photos. Maybe today’s photos are on the computer but what about those of you when you were young, sepia-colored photos of your grandparents, and those photos that were given to you?

5. Bank books, passports, marriage certificate and birth certificates. A moment to open and close that special box could save you a lot of hard work and worry later.

6. Qualifications and certificates. If you have a lot of these, it would be like a nightmare to try to remember them all and get new copies of them.

7. Computer information. We spend years saving information to the computer, just so that we can keep our brains free for everything else. If your computer is reduced to a plastic mess, what are you going to do? Remember to keep backup files with all of your other important saved items.

8. Mobile phones. Instead of saving information in a personal telephone book, we store the numbers in the phone’s memory. Without these numbers, your life may come to an unwelcome halt. Maybe it’s worth keeping a computer record of numbers to store on that backup disk, or to keep a pocket book with the same information.

9. Those personal little things: cards from your children; postcards from holidays; love letters; silly little keepsakes that mean so much. Could you live without them? If not, keep them safe.

10. Jewelry. Not only are these valuable in price, they might carry a lot of sentimental value too. Maybe you want these at hand and not locked out of sight but why not just keep those pieces that are regularly used in your jewelery box? They might be your favorites but at least you’re not going to lose everything in the fire.

We all have different ideas of what is important, so what would you save and is it on this list? Make sure the metal container is big enough for all your important items.

So, what kind of metal container do you need?

A safety box and a fireproof box are not the same thing. The important difference is that a safety box protects against breakage, whereas a fireproof box is an airtight container that protects against smoke and fire. It also protects the contents from chemicals that might be used by professionals controlling the fire.

So, once you’ve filled that all-important fireproof box, all you need to remember is where you put the keys or the digital code number. Provided this small but important item is safe, holding onto your important past after a fire is a real possibility.


This article was supplied by Denise Watson from Constant Content.


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