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Safe in a Fire 2

For those of you that missed our live streaming burn event last month we have a recap video available. It was a great time, we burned one of our new 1.2 Cubic Foot Big Bolts Fire-Safes live, gave away great prizes (some of which we burned in the safe!) and had some fantastic guest stars. Thanks to all who participated and to those that missed it, never fear. We will be firing up the oven again when the snow melts here in Rochester NY.

Keep it Safe.


Fire Prevention Week: Saving Memories with Kendall Elementary School

This week is Fire Prevention Week. It’s one of the longest public service events, having run for over 89 years. For young kids it’s one of the more exciting school memories. Getting to ride in the fire truck; meeting firemen. If you were lucky, they would let you wear the hat. But this week I was able to view the event from the other side. We teamed up with the Kendall Fire Department to help teach Kendall Elementary School’s third graders the importance of fire safety.

One of the things that fire fighters teach the students every year is that in the event of a fire they need to get out of their home fast. They aren’t allowed to go back for anything. So we asked the children what they would never want to lose in a fire. Of course some of them mentioned video games and Ipods. (I give strong kudos to the parents of these kids who have obviously taught them to take care of their more expensive toys.) Others took a more practical approach, mentioning money and their allowance. But for many of them the first things that came to mind were much more sentimental. Their first stuffed animal or blanket they’d had since they were a baby, a present given to them by a grandparent, and an award from a sports or school accomplishment were among the items that quickly came to their minds. One boy mentioned that he would never want to lose photographs of his family while they were still together. Because no matter how old we are, we all have things that hold special meaning to us. Things that represent memories we could never replace.

So we taught the children how to keep those memories protected. Through a presentation, as well as a couple videos, we showed them what a fire-resistant safe was and how it worked. And that by keeping their most important things in the safe, they could be sure that they would always have them. They asked great questions about how the safes worked, how they could get inside once it was burned and what types of things they could protect in their safes. They were a curious, enthusiastic and wonderful group. It was a pleasure to meet them all. Many of them even mentioned that they would feel better leaving their house if they knew they had a safe to keep their important things protected.

After the event, I couldn’t help but be struck by how enthusiastic the kids were about protecting their more sentimental things. It got me thinking about my own things that I keep protected, and I realized many of them I’d had for years, some since I was a kid. And I realized they were so special to me because of the memory it represented. And we are never too young to be making these happy memories.

So ask your kids…Is there something they want to protect? Is there something important to them that they would never want to lose in a fire? You might be surprised by the answer. And consider adding that special item to your safe; because you’re never too young to keep it safe!


My Safe Journey by Sue Jacques

I am very excited to introduce a new semi-regular series of blog posts written by users of our Safes. The first comes to us from The Civility CEO Sue Jacques. She is a very successful executive consultant and is a wonderful writer with a compelling story about fire prevention. Thanks to Sue for sharing her story with us.


The very first time my parents left my two older brothers and me alone at home for an evening the house next door burned to the ground. That was decades ago, yet I can still vividly recall the confusion of being awakened by the sound of sirens and the sight of red lights strobing through my purple curtains. I remember cowering under the covers in fear as people banged on our doors and windows to lure us out of the house for safety’s sake. My brothers slept through most of it, and all I could think about was being told not to answer the door for anybody.

Eventually we were led out of the house by a trusted neighbor. I can only imagine what went through the minds of my parents as they returned home, rounding the last corner only to be greeted by the chaos of smoke, flames, fire trucks and police cars.

That haunting memory was rekindled in July while my husband and I were on vacation at our secluded lakeside cabin. We had just enjoyed a quiet morning together, me writing in my journal and him reading the paper, when all hell broke loose.

This time the banging on the door came while I was in the shower. It was a police officer with an urgent warning that a forest fire was fast approaching. She generously gave us fifteen minutes to pack up our belongings and leave. But by the time we got to the car it was too late; the wildfire had engulfed the only road out.

We would have to flee by boat.

People, pets, suitcases and fears all set sail. Even the police officer had to abandon her squad car and board a rescue boat.

The hard work of firefighters, combined with nothing less than a miracle, saved our little cabin. But our neighbors were much less fortunate. Their estate home went up in flames, and they lost everything in less than a minute.

We were evacuated for days, and one of the first things I did when we returned was purchase a small fireproof safe. Although we’ve had a SentrySafe in our urban home for years, we had never even thought of having one at our cottage. I realized from this experience that valuables are valuables no matter where they are, and among ours is one of my most prized possessions – my journal. It harbors my thoughts, hopes, achievements, experiences and insights. My journal is the book of my life, and no insurance policy on earth could ever replace its contents.

Fifteen minutes isn’t enough time. That’s why I urge you to think ahead by making every week Fire Prevention Week. You can do so by developing and practicing a solid evacuation plan (even when you’re on vacation), maintaining your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and organizing your vital papers and possessions for storage in a quality fireproof safe or storage box.

It’s a huge relief to know that now when we’re on the boat, frolicking rather than fleeing, our valuables are securely stowed in a SentrySafe. Thank you for the peace of mind!

Sue Jacques is The Civility CEO™, an executive consultant who helps individuals and businesses gain confidence, earn respect and create courteous corporate cultures. www.TheCivilityCEO.comThe Civility CEO ™ on Twitter , Facebook , WordPress and LinkedIn