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Amy Praskac - Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Buy a fireproof safe or box to store documents at home. Use it to safe keep copies of the critical documents you keep in your safe deposit box and documents you may need on short notice.

Here is a list of documents you may need on short notice:

  • Medical Power of Attorney
  • Advance Directive to Physicians and Family
  • Durable Power of Attorney
  • Insurance policies
  • Product warranties

Overstock.com recommends you ask yourself these questions when you purchase a fireproof safe:

  • Will you store documents or computer devices? Only specialized safes will protect important computer equipment during a fire.
  • What is the fire rating for the safe you are considering? A fire rating of 125 signifies that the temperature inside the safe will never get above 125 degrees. 125 is the minimum rating you need for storing computer equipment.
  • Where are you installing the safe? Fireproof safes can be very heavy. Place it where the floor will not collapse under the weight.
    Also, consider what is above the safe and could collapse on top of the safe. You will need to get to the safe after the fire is put out.
  • What is your price range? Be mindful of the trade-off between economy and safety.

Nota Bene: A fire resistant safe is not necessarily designed to protect against burglary.

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