If you are a small business owner, or even just find that all of the family administrative documentation is adding up to unmanageable levels, you might use a self storage unit for document storage. Self storage units are ideal places for document storage because they are safe, well looked after, and are readily accessible at a moment’s notice. Many people do, however, worry about what will happen to their important business and personal documents in the event of a fire. Below are some tips to help you fireproof your storage documents.
Get a Fireproof Safe
Many people already have their documents in a safe, but most don’t have their documents in a fireproof safe. These are safes designed to ensure that, in the event of a fire, the things on the inside are immune. Cash, tax forms, copies of wills, titles to land, and anything else that you don’t want destroyed in a fire should go into a fireproof safe.
The Strategy of Your Location
While fireproof safes are a much better option than a non-fireproof one, and much better than leaving your documents out in the open, they are, at the end of the day, not indestructible. If the temperature gets hot enough, a fireproof safe is not a guarantee. You want to take steps to ensure you are hedging your bets. Your document storage location, if it is in your home and not offsite in a self storage facility, should be at a low point in your home, because as fire spreads, it rises.
In a Freezer
If you don’t have a fireproof safe, or feel that it isn’t necessary given the amount of risk you feel you are at, do like many people and turn to a freezer for document storage. A freezer, believe it or not, especially one in the kitchen (if it’s on the ground floor) is often one of the last things to burn in a fire. It’s even better if you have a chest style freezer in the basement, the garage, or a separate building outside your home.
Your important personal and business documents are things you really can’t afford to lose. Sometimes they are irreplaceable, and at best, they are going to be very irritating to have to replace. If document storage has been on your mind, and you want to make sure everything is protected from a potential fire, keep the above fireproofing tips in mind, and rest easy knowing that your documents are well protected.