Where To Store Important Documents


Fort Knox customers Steve and Mary watched their biggest fear become a reality when a tragic house fire reduced their belongings to ashes. They shared their experience saying, “The house was totally destroyed and we lost almost everything. Luckily, a few years before the fire I purchased one of your (Fort Knox) gun safes… I was shocked when the safe was opened and there was no damage to any of our guns or valuables.” 

Home safes protect valuable possessions from theft, humidity, fires, and other natural disasters. Important documents are often forgotten when taking precautionary measures. To best prepare for an emergency, it is essential to store all necessary documents in an easily accessible and secure location. Fort Knox constructs home safes that withstand damage and are the perfect solution for protected storage. 

What documents should be kept in a safe

Here is a list of ten types of documents to store within your home safe. 

  1. Social security cards 
  2. Birth certificates
  3. Passports
  4. Insurance policies
  5. Wills
  6. Annual tax returns
  7. Copies of state IDs 
  8. Marriage/ divorce certificates
  9. Titles and deeds
  10. Important photos and other keepsakes

Frequently take time to audit the documents within your home safe and add new documents as needed. As an additional precaution, create digital copies of each document and upload them to a password-protected cloud app. While digital copies help in a pinch, original copies of these documents are often required and need protection. You can rest assured that if the unimaginable happens, the documents within your Fort Knox home safe will remain intact.

Build a custom safe

Older safes use a heat seal similar to wood-burning stoves. Fort Knox provides industry-leading fire protection by using two different seals that work in tandem with one another. First, the cold smoke seal and then the Palusol seal that swells to keep the door shut. All of Fort Knox’s safes are fireproof with protection levels ranging from 50 minutes at 1450 degrees Fahrenheit up to 120 minutes at 1680 degrees Fahrenheit. Fort Knox Inferno Shield 120 fire protection gives you the option of adding more fireboard insulation to achieve a fire rating that only commercial safes can attain. 

Build a custom safe and choose the level of protection desired while also comparing price, size, steel thickness, and accessories. 


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