FireSafe Owners Manual 101:
I recommend the size that fits hanging file folders inside so you can not only keep essential documents organized, but categorize them accordingly. I personally like the style SentrySafe makes. I got mine from Target with some wedding gift money after my husband and I got married. While that was over eight years ago now, and we've never had to put it to test in a fire, it sure has made storing essential documents simple. We put things like birth certificates, social security cards, our marriage license, passports and important numbers and contacts in case a wallet or purse get stolen inside. I've gradually added things as the years have gone by. Here are a few other tips to consider.
- Keep the firesafe where it's convenient enough for you to get to, but not in a commonly used area. A corner of your home office, a spare closet in a guest room, or cleared out area of your basement are all options.
- Keep it locked and store the key somewhere safe. It won't work in a fire unless it is locked.
- Don't over stuff it. Buy a safe that is big enough for what you want to contain in it. Gather your essential documents first to assess the size you will need.
For a great checklist on what to include in your firesafe:
Go to: http://addiewoods.com/articles
Download: The FireProof FileBox Checklist (under the "Wealth Manager" section)
Now start gathering up your papers. No time to waste. Check 'em off one at a time.