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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 8:01 pm    Post subject: Check your safe! Reply with quote

This is a community service announcement from me. If you have a fireproof safe at home with documents in it, check to see if the documents are sound. I closed my safe deposit box last year after buying a fireproof waterproof safe and moved all of my documents into it. Two days ago I needed my birth certificate for something, opened the new safe and IT WAS FULL OF BLACK MOLD! My birth certificate is barely legible. The other documents are badly foxed.
I discovered that this is a common problem with fireproof safes. Just the teeny bit of moisture present in normal air is enough to start mold growing if the safe is in a warm place which mine is. In microscopic print in the safe instructions, it actually says you're supposed to air your safe once a week and keep desiccants inside. Serves me right for not reading the fine print I suppose.
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's terrible. :( I hope you're able to get replacements of your important documents at a reasonable cost.

But thank you for the heads up. Who would have thought to read the fine print for something like that?!

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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Michael bought one.. I never have seen that before..

He put it in our bedroom on his dresser.. We don't have much in it now but will in time wink

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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fortunately it was just my birth certificate, the top document in the pile, that was badly affected. I can get another copy later but it is still legible right now. But I wonder what it would have been like in another 6 months? I'm so glad I looked! Wish I would have read the fine print before locking it though.
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some shoe stores will give you a packet of dessicant, which prevents moisture. yes
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