What to Keep in a Home Safe

Some items may be better off in a safe deposit box in a bank instead of in your home safe.

Of course, it’s up to you to determine what to keep in a home safe and what to store in a safety deposit box.

But here are things you should consider keeping in your home safe:

1) Insurance documents. 

If your home suffers damage from a fire or other disaster, you’ll want to keep your insurance documents safe, so you know your coverage and have the right information to file a claim.

2) Personal documents

Passports, Social Security cards, and birth certificates can be a hassle to replace. But you may need access to them outside of banking hours, so it’s best to keep them at home.

3) Legal documents

If you’ve drawn up a living will, power of attorney or health care directive, it’s best to keep those forms close rather than at a bank, which might seal your safe deposit box upon your death.

4) Financial documents

It’s wise to hold onto certain financial documents, including tax returns, property records, brokerage statements and debt records. By keeping them in your home safe, you can prevent identity theft.

5) Prescription medications

Keeping potentially addictive medications in your safe can prevent abuse or overdose.
Cash. It’s always a good idea to keep some cash on hand in case of an emergency, especially if the area you live in is prone to natural disasters that can knock out bank and ATM networks.

6) Certain valuables

If you have jewelry, a coin collection or other valuable items that you want access to from time to time, you might prefer to keep it close rather than at a bank.
Guns. Your local bank may not allow firearms in its rental agreement. Even so, it’s best to keep your gun in a home safe if you want easy access or you want it for general home safety.

7) Old family photos

If you have any family photos that you want to keep but don’t display on your walls, your home safe will protect them from fire and water damage. It’s also recommended to scan them, so you have a digital copy.

8) Safe deposit box keys

If you choose to get a safe deposit box with your local bank, store your keys in your home safe to always remember where they are and to keep them safe from thieves.


Having a home safe is an important way to keep your personal documents and valuables safe.

They can also keep your family and others safe by keeping dangerous items away from inexperienced hands.

But knowing how to pick the right safe, what to put in it and where to put it in your home isn’t always easy.

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