How Safe Is Your Stuff? What Belongs In Your Home Safe

Are your valuables secure? If you use a fireproof home safe, then you can rest easy knowing that important documents, cherished family keepsakes, and prized valuables are tucked safely away.

Depending on the size, things that belong in your home safe include:

Your family's original birth certificates. You may need these, especially if you travel, so keep them handy and in your safe. You should also tuck your passports and original social security cards in the home safe, too, for the same reason.

Family photos. Keep family photos in a fireproof safe in your house, but better yet, scan them on a disc so that they can never become lost.

Banking information. This includes account information, investment portfolios, and retirement plan papers.

Valuable jewelry. Since you may want to wear these items or pull them out occasionally, keep your fine jewelry items in your home safe. If you rarely need access to these things, consider putting them in your safe deposit box at your bank.

Insurance information. Time might be of the essence if you experience home damage. Keep insurance policies and contact information for your agent in your home safe.

Debt information. Keep a copy of your outstanding bills, debts, due dates, and account numbers in your home safe. This is especially useful if your home suffers damage, such as from a fire, and you are displaced.

Your living will. Keep a copy of you and your spouse's living wills in your home safe. If you have other legal documents, such as health care proxy or power of attorney, these also belong in your home safe.

Car keys and titles. Keep a set of spare keys to your family's vehicles in your home safe, as well as copies of the titles to these automobiles. This eliminates the hassle of searching for them later.

Cash. A fireproof home safe is the best place to stash some cash in the event of an emergency.

Keys to your safe deposit box. If you have a safe deposit box at a bank, keep the keys in your home safe to keep them secure.

A safe deposit box is an excellent option to store other valuables, especially items that you don't need to access regularly. A safe deposit box should never replace the security and convenience of your home safe, but is a great way to augment your home safe for certain valuable documents and belongings. Talk with your bank about the options and costs, and to discuss who will have access to your stored items.

It's also important to keep your safe in good shape. If your safe is in need of re-keying or other maintenance, get in touch with a company like A-AAA Locksmiths, LLC promptly.