Homeowners frequently purchase a “ fire proof “ safe to protect their possessions and memories in the event of a fire.
However it pays to read the fine print for what defines “fire proof”
Fire Proof Safes typically are not rated to protect photographs and digital media such as a hard drive. See the list below for examples of digital media.
Data and media include the following materials:
- Hard Drives , Regular & Portable
- CDs & DVDs
- Old Negatives & Photographs
- Thumb Drives/Flash Drives
- Cassette Tapes – audio, VCR, camcorder i.e. old family movies
- USB Storage thumb drives
- Micro SD cards
Things to consider when purchasing a safe:
- The amount of time and temp a safe is rated to withstand.
- Is the safe rated to protect digital media?
- Is the safe waterproof? A waterproof safe protects against the water that the fire department uses, however, it may not provide water protection in the case of a flooded basement.
- Fire proof doesn’t = burglar proof, check the security features of the safe you are considering.
Fires are bad enough don’t let them destroy your critical documents and cherished memories.