by Molly Green
The following article is about fire resistant safes and fire resistant safe contents: Fire resistant safes can keep you and your family safe
I have always tried to avoid listening to what my mother-in-law tells me. However, there was one piece of advice from her which I listened to, and am very grateful that I did. She had been bothering me to get a fire resistant safe to store valuables for a long time, ever since she gave us a silver platter which had been in her family for years and she was incredibly worried about its safety in our home. Finally, I obliged.
After many hours on the internet researching the various types of home safes, and a few trips to various stores to see the selection, we purchased a home safe that provided maximum protection against fires, promising to maintain the temperature inside the safe at less than 350° F. Although the protection of valuables such as jewelry and heirlooms from theft is also very important to my husband and I, we were more concerned with fire safety. Into the safe, I put our marriage license, our birth certificates, the deed to our house, and pictures from our wedding, honeymoon, and other vacations we’ve taken. We keep the safe in our living room, downstairs and both my husband and I each have a copy of the key to the lock.
Last year, after a night out with our friends from across town, we came home to find the fire department and several policemen at our house. There had been a fire, started carelessly by the people next door who neglected to turn off their outdoor grill after use. The direction of the wind blew the fire over to our house, and no damage was done to our neighbor’s house. However, the neighbors did see the fire and called the fire department. The flames had been tamed, but only after significant damage had been done to our house. Had we not put all of those documents and pictures into the safe, the situation would have been much, much worse.
Luckily, most of the things which had been ruined in the fire, such as furniture, clothes, and appliances, were all replaceable. There was damage done to the few pieces of jewelry I do not keep in the safe, but mostly all of it was able to be restored. My husband and I feel very lucky that we decided to invest in a safe for our home before it was too late. The extra security having an in-home safe brings to any family is amazing. We can go on vacation without having to worry as much about important documents. The safe is large enough to hold many of our valuables, but small enough that it can easily fit into a corner in our family room, and cannot be easily seen, or easily carried out by a burglar.