If Your House Was on Fire...

United States
April 29, 2017 4:52pm CST
Have you ever thought about this? If you house was on fire, are all of your important papers in one place where you can grab them quickly? If your family and pets were safely out of the burning house, what is the ONE item that you would risk going back in the house to get?
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@rusty2rusty (6765)
• Defiance, Ohio
29 Apr 17
I would grab my kids and pets. If I have time I would grab my important papers. If not, they all can be replaced.
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• United States
30 Apr 17
Important papers should be copied in advance of a fire or flood and stored in a safety deposit box or with one of your children or other family member who is responsible.
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• Defiance, Ohio
30 Apr 17
@IreneVincent Yes, that is great if someone can afford to do that. Or have someone they trust enough, me nope. I would never allow any of my family members hold any important papers. I know where my papers are at if I need them. As I keep them in a waterproof bag. Where I can grab and go. Hopefully, if the day ever comes where my home gets destroyed by a fire I pray fire does not block off the way to grab the papers on the way out.
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• United States
30 Apr 17
@rusty2rusty I can understand that you might not be able to let a family member hold any of your important papers. But, you have done the right thing and put them in a waterproof bag. That might work in case of a flood. And, at least, they are all in one place so that you can grab them quickly and not have to look all over the house fort them.
@NJChicaa (48619)
• United States
29 Apr 17
If my family and pets were out, I wouldn't go back in.
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• United States
29 Apr 17
That would be the safest choice. But, sometimes precious photos and/or important papers are crucial. If there are copies of these items in a different location, that would be even better. Everyone should consider the possibility of a house fire and take the necessary steps to saving important things.
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@NJChicaa (48619)
• United States
30 Apr 17
@IreneVincent no I would just let it all burn. I'd risk my life for a pet or person but not for a piece of paper.
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• United States
30 Apr 17
@NJChicaa Some persons make copies of all their important papers and store them in a safety deposit box or with a close relative or friend.
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@shivamani10 (11169)
• Hyderabad, India
30 Apr 17
Paper documents and Insurance papers.
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• United States
30 Apr 17
Yes, copy them and store them away someplace safe from fire and flood.
• Banks, Oregon
29 Apr 17
Having had a house fire i can tell you i grabbed my laptop which has all of my scanned photos and family history on it, and i grabbed two frames pictures of my grandpa off the wall.
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• United States
29 Apr 17
All right then. Those things are very important. Everyone should really think about the possibility of this happening to them and PLAN accordingly.
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@jstory07 (72437)
• Roseburg, Oregon
30 Apr 17
I would just grab my laptop and the cat. We have important papers in a safety deposit bo.
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• United States
30 Apr 17
Very wise to put your important papers in a safety deposit box. Very wise.
@Essjayd (1614)
2 May 17
After family and pets the only things that I would save are photographs of my family. Anything else can be replaced through insurance but I would be heartbroken if I lost those pictures. I've started scanning them so I have digital copies somewhere other than in my home.