4 Ways to Preserve Family Heirlooms

In today’s digital world, preserving physical items is becoming less and less common. Thanks to technology, many people now keep digital versions of important documents, legal records, identification cards, and more. However, as generations age, you may inherit irreplaceable family heirlooms, valuables, and antiques.

Those sentimental or valuable items should not be kept in a box under a bed or in an attic where they can get damaged or stolen. Safes provide essential protection from fire, theft and damage and are a needed organizational tool in the home. We have so many options and resources that can help you protect and preserve what matters most in your life. From large long gun safes to smaller home office options, we’re here to help.

Your valuables need the right solution to preserve and protect them. Use these 4 tips to better assess, safely store, and protect your family’s irreplaceable items, keepsakes, and heirlooms.

  1. Preserve Family Heirlooms 

Many people struggle when deciding what to keep or what to part with, especially when it comes to family heirlooms and sentimental objects. Limited storage or historical context often impacts how a family member decides what to keep. Similarly, don’t assume every historical item or antique has significant value. Get items with perceived value appraised as soon as they become your possession. An appraisal documents the value of an antique or heirloom, so you can properly protect or insure it. Be sure to have a plan to secure these items as soon as possible. Safes, like our Cannon CA5940, that have ample shelving and media boxes for dehumidifiers are excellent preservation solutions.

  1. Safeguard Family History 

While not all heirlooms or antiques have monetary value, you should consider the item’s significance in terms of your family’s history. Pictures, awards, medals, handwritten letters, and more provide a historical record and possibly capture unique information about members of your extended family. Extremely fragile and often irreplaceable, these items need a storage solution to protect against damage from flooding, fires, or other natural disasters. Safes provide a way to limit movement and protect those fragile items. Considering safes with longer fire ratings can also prevent any heat damage that may occur. Home office safes, such as our Director Collection, can protect these fragile items.

  1. Prevent Damage 

Cleaning and properly storing valuables and heirlooms help prevent future damage or disintegration. Thing like pictures or fabric often experience discoloration due to exposure to certain light sources. Some metals or materials tarnish over time. Make sure to properly clean, wash, polish, or disinfect irreplaceable items, if possible, before storing them. Similarly, if items need repairs, fix any broken pieces or parts before securing them. Use a qualified expert to fix especially delicate or valuable items and preserve authenticity.

  1. Store Valuables in a Fire Safe  

To keep and preserve family heirlooms and valuables for the next generation, a fire safe offers excellent storage and security. Fire safes protect items from natural disasters, home fires, and theft, all while keeping your valuables in pristine condition. For especially sentimental items and antiques, a fire safe for your home keeps family heirlooms secure.

A home fire safe lets you protect sentimental and valuable family items against disasters or damage in your home. Learn more about the Cannon Safe brand promise and how you can choose the right safe for your needs. Browse our website or find a national retailer near you today.