Reply To: special document cases as precaution measures for water damage from sprinklers

Lyn Triplett

Always take precautions against fire, as insurance might not assist if you made no effort to protect your items at all. Check the link below for clarification on “fire proof” and “heat-proof” for storage of paper and media. (Films, CD’s, flash drives and so forth) Remember that not all fires are infernos, and that a slightly damaged document is better than one that was destroyed by fire or water. Please store all important documents in a fireproof cabinet, vault, or storage box. There are two different fire ratings and they have been highly tested. Also, call the insurance company and get [in writing] what they recommend to protect documents and verify that you are compliant with them.

From: Disaster Preparedness Coordinator – Raleigh NC – NC Department of Cultural Resources.