My daughter and I watched the movie Leap Year several years ago. It is a fun chick flick starring Amy Adams. In the movie, her character is asked the question, “If your house is on fire and you had 60 seconds to grab what was important to you, what would it be?”
Well, my “60 seconds” came one night after we were all in bed. It was the first cold night of the year and our newly installed furnace came on. We awoke to smoke alarms blaring and a house filling with smoke. We all made it out safely and firemen determined the smoke was coming from the furnace and there was no actual fire. The fireman cleared the smoke, checked the house from top to bottom and declared it safe for us to return. (The furnace people got a phone call the next morning!)
It was several days later that I realized my “60 seconds” had come and gone. I now knew the answer. Nothing. I took nothing. Beyond making sure the four us got safely out of the house, I took nothing.
So, when I came across ZquaredAway, a fire resistant bag, I was intrigued. Could I protect my family photographs and documents? Could I protect my great great grandparents’ 1883 wedding photo? Could I protect my grandmother’s 1938 scrapbook from her teenage years? What about my children’s photos and art projects?
Maybe I could!
Roberta Flood, the founder of ZquaredAway sent me one of her fire resistant protective covers from the Neva collection to try out. I was super excited to try it out. Note: I did receive my fire resistant Neva bag for free, but the opinions are totally mine.
Listen to why Roberta developed ZquaredAway –“I witnessed the sadness experienced by a friend who had lost hundreds of hours of work, thousands of dollars of expense, and an invaluable amount of memories when a house fire and the subsequent fire fighting efforts destroyed their multitude of family albums and scrapbooks.”
Roberta used Nomex to create her fire resistant bags. Nomex is the same material worn by fire fighter in their “turn out gear”.
A Closer Look
The outer layer of the ZquaredAway bag is made of Nomex and is fire and water resistant. The next layer is moisture resistant and the innermost layer is a thermal protection pocket. Watch ZquaredAway in action.
What I Liked
- The quality of the ZqauredAway bag is superb. It is well made with an attention to detail. The seams are tight and secure.
- The variety of sizes. ZquaredAway comes in a variety of sizes and colors. The smallest is designed to hold 4 thumb drives and measures 8 x 3.5 inches. I think this is a particularly nice size to have since I back up my research frequently. The largest bag holds multiple binders or items measuring 4.5 inches thick by 13 inches tall by 13 inches wide. (I’m sure I can fill several!)
- Excellent customer service!
What I Don’t Like
- There isn’t anything I don’t like about ZquaredAway. I do think for older photographs (family heirloom photographs) you should place them in archival safe sleeves or albums first before placing them in the ZquaredAway protective cover. The cover should not be used in place of using archival sleeves, albums, etc.
Where Can You Get Yours?
Enter the ZquaredAway Give Away!
ZquaredAway is giving one reader their very own ZquaredAway Neva Bag. The Neva is a multitasker bag holing up to 5 photo albums measuring 9 x 11.25 x 2 inches. Ends 4 May 2016!
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