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If your house was on fire...poll

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1rathad
Edited: Sep 11, 2014, 6:43pm

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2razzamajazz
Edited: Aug 31, 2014, 9:51am

Get out from a burning house, with your tenants and your family personal documents.

Any precious books to save from the fire? I have to make an inventory of these rare books(Do I have any books worthwhile to keep?) , and put aside for easy retrieval during disasters.

A photo album or albums of old photographs of portraits and your ancestry's relatives ( Do consider worthwhile to retrieve during a fire?)

Right now.the first prevention, not to be injured or killed during the moment when there is an outbreak of fire in the home.

Our lives cannot be "duplicated".

More fire drills needed .

3varielle
Edited: Aug 31, 2014, 12:56pm

I would grab whatever I'm currently reading. There is a website devoted to pics of what people would rescue. Back in a mo when I find the link.

Eta- It's www.theburninghouse.com

4bluepiano
Aug 31, 2014, 1:16pm

There was a period in which I dithered over what I would do if I could save only one thing from my burning house--if I saved the dog I'd be missing & longing for my books for the rest of my life. And I'd resent the dog. If I saved my library instead I'd feel guilty for the rest of my life. And I'd miss the dog. That theoretical choice was difficult enough; I know I couldn't choose one book.

5razzamajazz
Sep 1, 2014, 10:11pm

If your home were on the outbreak of serious fire, what three things would you honestly save , forget about the books ?

My family,documents and hard cash.

6Sandydog1
Sep 7, 2014, 9:33pm

My books (numbering in the low thousands) can each be replaced for between 25 cents and $10 (mostly the former). And most, are available online or from multiple, free, libraries.

As long as LT doesn't burn down, I am good to go.

7razzamajazz
Edited: Sep 7, 2014, 10:58pm

Forget about the books, run for your life from the first.

Books can easily be replaced.

Very wise person!

8anglemark
Sep 8, 2014, 3:23am

And the fun of building a collection from scratch: All those empty shelves to fill!

Always look for the silver lining.

9ironjaw
Sep 8, 2014, 6:35am

It's a good question and I've never really thought about. My collection is in itself irreplaceable and I would be devestated if I lost it having used so much time to build it up. Maybe one should house ones collection in more than one place?

10razzamajazz
Sep 8, 2014, 10:01pm


1. Maybe you can insure your rare book collections with a household insurance policy?

2. Put in the bank's safe deposit boxes.

3. Put in the sizeable home fire protection safe boxes.

11anthonywillard
Oct 27, 2014, 2:14am

A principal reason I started cataloging my books here was to have a list in case of a disaster.