Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Top 10 Things To Keep In Your Fire Safe Box

Bison's Top 10 Things to Keep in Your Fire Box

Many of us choose to keep important items in a safety deposit box, but when it comes to items which we may want or need in the event of an emergency, death, or home fire, keeping a fire-safe box on your property is always a smart choice.

Why Invest in a Fire-Safe Box?

Many people believe that keeping important items in a bank safety deposit box is the most secure way to store important documents and files, but these boxes are only available during regular business hours when your bank branch is open.

This means that items like your passport, insurance, and other essential items should be kept on-hand in your home, ideally in a fire-safe box or safe. That way they can be easily located if you need them, but will be safe and secure in the event of an unexpected home fire.

What Should You Put in Your Fire-Safe Box?

The contents of your fire-safe box may vary depending on your needs, and what you think is important to keep close at hand in the event of an emergency.

However, below is a list of important items which every homeowner should strive to keep in their fire-safe box. They include:

1. Property insurance and agent information. If your home suffers any damage due to a fire, you’ll want to have these documents in-hand as soon as possible.

2. Personal identification. These documents can include: passports, birth certificates, social security cards, and other pieces of personal identification for your family.

3. Lists of medical information. Make sure to include the names of your family doctor (multiples if your family has multiple doctors), prescriptions for medication, and contact information for all pharmacies you frequent.

4. A USB stick with personal information. Don’t let your personal photos and memories get lost in a fire; keep them safe and secure on a USB stick in your fire-safe box to recover later.

5. Important documentation. Keep important papers relating to bank accounts, investments, retirement plans, and other associated information in the box. It may also be a good idea to keep some cash for emergency use, as well.

6. Debt information. Keep all documentation relating to bank loans, lines of credit, mortgages, including total debts and due dates in your fire-safe box.

7. Copies of all legal documents. Make sure to include any living wills, health care proxies, and other important legal documentation on-hand, both for yourself and anyone for whom you are the designated caretaker or surrogate.

8. Copies of wills in which you are the executor. It’s important to keep these documents on-hand, as the contents of a safety deposit box are typically sealed upon notification of the box other’s death, meaning you may not be able to access these documents after the individual passes.

9. Valuables. Include any sentimental or expensive jewelry, cash, coins, etc. that you may want access to from time to time, but which should be stored away when not in use.

10. Spare keys. Include keys to any additional properties, vehicles, offices, etc.

Remember: this list is intended to be a suggestion for the items to keep in your fire-safe box. What you choose to store and protect depends entirely on you, your family, and your lifestyle.

For more information about how you can be prepared in the event of an unexpected home fire, contact your local experts at Bison Fire Protection. With offices in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Regina, and Saskatoon. Find us online, or by calling 866-441-3473 to schedule an appointment today.

Posted by Rob Read at 9:04 AM

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