First off, do you have a home safe for your valuables and important documents in case of fire, flood or other emergency. If your answer is no, you're in luck because I'm going to give you some tips on what you should look for when you do purchase your home safe (which should be soon). If you do have a home safe, here are some questions to ask of your safe to make sure it's, well, safe.
If you have a home safe or security file, it is important to make sure that it is fire rated for 1 hour minimally. The box or description of the safe will tell you how long it will be fire rated. This is especially important to keep things intact like important papers, back up copies of your hard drive, etc (think things that are burnable or meltable). Secondly, it is better to have your safe or security file portable if possible. That way if you do happen to be home in the event of the emergency, you can easily bring the safe with you rather than leave it behind hoping it will be there when you return. Lastly, you should store your safe where you can easily get to it if you do need to leave your home quickly. Since a majority of home fires begin in the kitchen at night, it is best NOT to store your safe in your kitchen. Try to place it either in your bedroom near your exit or, if you live in an apartment, near your front door.
Many insurance agents can help you find out what size and type of safe is good for you and your family as well as what you should make sure you have inside.
Between the destruction caused by natural disasters in the past weeks and the popularity of shows glorifying doomsday
prepping and zombie apocalypses, the idea of preparing you and your family
for an emergency is popping up all over. So we'll be spending March discussing how to organize your family for emergencies.
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