Six Types of Important Documents You Could Lose In A Fire [Infographic]

 

If you’re one of the many children who sat through fire-safety demonstrations back in grade school, you probably remember lying awake at night, petrified with the fear of your home catching fire. As adults, we worry in a different way, by making sure we’re prepared with fire alarms and exit plans that ensure our family’s safety. But one thing we don’t think about enough are the documents that are very difficult or even impossible to replace in the case of a fire. Here are six types of documents that you might think about protecting with a fireproof filing cabinet or safe.

 

Government Issued

While losing a passport, birth certificate, marriage certificate, or social security card might not be the end of the world, these government issued documents can be tough—and sometimes very expensive—to replace. You probably don’t need to use them very often, so why not keep them in a safe place?

 

Sentimental Keepsakes

This category could entail very different things for different people. Maybe you have the original copy of a picture of your grandfather serving his country, or a lovely poem written by your spouse back in high school. These are the types of items that can truly never be replaced and are absolutely devastating to lose.

 

Worst-Case

We don’t mean to get all doom-and-gloomy, but house fires are dangerous, and there’s always a chance that someone won’t make it out. That’s why it’s important to have a will stored safely, as well as any advance directives and powers of attorney. Remember to check with your state laws to see exactly how you should prepare for the worst.

 

Contracts

Did your neighbor loan you a llama a few years back? Are your friends legally obligated to pay your bar tab every time you’re together? Good luck proving it without a legal contract, especially when they validate less ridiculous deals than these.

 

Property

It’s important to have proof of what you own, especially if most of it has burned to ashes in a fire. While deeds and titles should be your first priority, a home inventory can be a lifesaver when dealing with insurance companies in the wake of a fire.

 

Digital

Some might say, “Who keeps paper documents anymore? All my stuff is backed up on this tiny thumb drive.” We’ll see how well that miracle of modern technology stands up to scorching flames. It’s great that we can back up a bunch of our stuff digitally, but the backup still needs to be protected.

 

To save yourself the extra headache if and when a disastrous fire strikes, order a fireproof safe or filing cabinet from ValueSafeInc.com today.

 

As well, below is an infographic of tips on how you can prevent residential fires.

 

Residential Fire Protection

Gun Safes with Concealed Hinges

When we look at a safe we try to think of the weak points in a safe and figure whether it is worth our money.  Instant common sense tells us that concealed hinges are a safe bet and don’t think about the cons that this poses.  If you think about the structure of the safe, as the door closes there has to be room for the hinges to fold back into as the door closes.

This is very commonly the place in which many manufacturers don’t put any fireproofing.  My father in law has  Liberty Centurion Gun Safe with the concealed hinges.  I was doing some checking on the safe and found what I was afraid of, that he had no fireproofing on that side of the safe.  This little bit of area makes the entire safe non fireproof and a waste of money if you needed it for the fire protection.  I was looking at Lowes the other day also, and found the same safe, but a newer model, with the same problem.  The thin steel that the safe is made out of is easily penetrated into the area in which the hinges are located, which also makes it fairly easy to break into.Think twice about buying a gun safe with concealed hinges – they aren’t as safe as one might think!