Fireproof, Waterproof Document Bag Safe
A fireproof, waterproof document bag safe can provide portable fire, water and disaster protection for cash, checks, credit cards, important personal or business documents and small items.
Happigo fireproof document bag, A5 size, weighs 1.6 ounces and has an internal storage size of 10.5″ L x 6.9″ W x 0.7″ H. Color: Black. Made in China.
Amazon Retail Price: about $13. Amazon Customer Review Rating: 4.5 Stars. Amazon Standard Identification Number (ASIN): B07FDMV4TD.
Similar models with different sizes, features, and prices are also sold by Jundun, Colcase, Engpow, MoKo, Blokkd, and Roloway.
Letter-Size Document Bag
For protecting 8.5×11″ letter-size or larger documents without folding, there are larger document bags styled like a briefcase with a handle or shoulder strap. Those documents may include car titles, real estate deeds, tax returns, birth certificates, diplomas, licenses, last will, trusts, contracts, legal documents, notary journals, insurance policies, home inventory, warranties, password list, family records, medical records, and financial records.
Small-Size Document Bag
The Happigo 10.5×6.9″ document and money bag is best suited for small-size documents and items including social security cards, passports, family photos, letters, receipts, checkbooks, cash, coins, credit cards, jewelry, collectibles, and other small items.
✔ Tip: This Happigo model holds A5 size paper, 5.8×8.3″. Letter-size paper 8.5×11″ can be folded in half to 8.5×5.5″.
Digital Media Protection
A fireproof document bag alone is not adequate fire protection for tablet PCs, cell phones, external hard drives, external solid-state drives (SSD), flash memory cards, USB flash drives, digital cryptocurrency hardware wallets, CDs, DVDs, and other electronic storage devices. To avoid damage during a fire, digital media and electronic devices must be stored at a lower temperature than paper documents. A fireproof digital media safe is required.
For example, Samsung USB 3.1 flash drive FIT+ temperature specifications are -13°F to 185°F (-25°C to 85°C) operating, and -40°F to 185°F (-40°C to 85°C) non-operating. The Ledger Nano S cryptocurrency hardware wallet has an operating temperature range of -13°F to 122°F (-25°C to 50°C). The recommended storage temperature for CDs and DVDs is 68°F, maximum temperature of 122°F, freezing temperatures should be avoided.
✔ Tip: For an extra layer of protection, store digital media and electronic devices inside a fireproof document bag, stored inside a fireproof digital media safe.
✔ Tip: Make scanned copies of important paper documents. Make multiple backup copies of digital files and store them in different locations, including encrypted off-site cloud storage.
Fiberglass Document Bag Fire Protection
The Happigo bag has a high-quality liquid silicone-coated fire-retardant fiberglass exterior, which can withstand temperatures as high as 1292°F (700°C). Look for product descriptions with independently tested fire ratings by Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
The smooth coating is non-itchy and prevents fiberglass splinters when handling.
UL Standard 72 for Record Protection Equipment tests fire safes in a laboratory furnace to measure the internal temperature and humidity. Class 350, if it stays below 350°F, and maximum humidity 100%, is rated for storing paper records. Class 150, below 150°F, and humidity below 85%, is rated for photographic records and magnetic tape, and Class 125, below 125°F, and humidity below 80%, is rated for digital media storage.
✔ Tip: Different types of plastic have different melting points. To avoid melting in a fire, do not store plastic bags, credit cards or other plastic items in the fireproof bag. Use metal storage containers or smaller fireproof pouches for organizers.
In Phoenix, Arizona, plastic mailboxes and credit cards melted when outdoor temperatures reached 120°F during a heatwave.
Note: Paper chars at 420°F and burns at 450°F. Wood chars at 250°F and burns at 390°F. The melting point of tin is 450°F, aluminum is 1220°F.
Document Bag Water Protection
Fireproof fiberglass bags are coated with silicone to add water-resistant protection. This is useful water protection when carrying the bag outdoors in the rain or snow or accidentally dropping it in water. It is not meant to be submerged underwater in a flood. Read the product description for waterproof protection.
Most flat document bags have a waterproof zipper but no lock. Some larger briefcase-style bags include a basic lock. But, a thief could grab the bag, run away, and then open the lock later at another location.
✔ Tip: You can store the bag in a locked room, desk or cabinet with a security camera and an alarm for more theft protection.
The Happigo pouch also includes two small pockets inside for organizing and quick access to small items like passports, extra keys or digital media files, such as backup files.
It does not have a carrying handle, but it has a small hanging strap loop on the fireproof zipper. It can be carried by hand, under the arm or in a canvas bag for easy grab-and-go transportation of your valuables to a secure storage room or to leave quickly in an emergency evacuation, road trip, bank deposit, or when moving.
Silica gel desiccant packs protect items from moisture long-term. Moisture from the air and condensation can get trapped inside a document bag. Mold or mildew may result. For best results, open the bag at least once or twice a month to air it out.
Keep a desiccant pack inside to absorb moisture while the bag is closed. Replace the desiccant pack every 6 months, or sooner if you are in a high humidity environment. You can also reactivate the desiccant packs by heating them in an oven. Some vendors sell desiccant packs with indicator beads that change color when they need to be dried.
✔ Tip: Other choices for absorbing moisture are 1/2 cup of dry rice or baking soda in a metal container with a perforated lid. Replace every 6 months.
Where to Store Your Document Bag
Home fires usually start in the kitchen, fireplace or garage. Install smoke alarms and keep a fire extinguisher nearby. Store your document bag away from these common fire areas, flammable materials and moisture for the best chance of survival. The inside corner of two exterior walls will stay the coolest in the event of a fire.
Keep the bag low to the ground for lower temperatures during a fire. A concrete basement floor is a good location. Place it on bricks to raise it above any potential water on the floor. A piece of sheetrock can be placed on top for concealment and as insulation from falling burning debris.
Don’t make the bag too hard to access or you won’t use it and you won’t be able to grab it quickly in an emergency.
In case of fire, tell the firefighters where the bag is located. They should avoid heavy water spray in that area, light spray only. After a fire, let the bag cool before attempting to open.
Read and follow the user instructions from the manufacturer.
✔ Tip: A small fireproof document bag could be stored inside a locked metal desk drawer, metal cabinet or a broken, unplugged microwave oven.
Image Credits: Happigo fireproof pouch, fair use for product review. Samsung USB flash drive.