|Class 1 - Vitals||Records essential to the continued life |
of the business. These records are
irreplaceable because they give
evidence of legal status, ownership,
and financial status. Vital records are
generally housed in active records storage.
|Accounts receivable |
|Fire resistant vaults |
Fire resistant safes/cabinets
|Class 2 -Important||Records necessary to the continued life |
of the business. While these records can
be replaced or reproduced, this can be
done only at considerable time and money.
Important records can be housed in either
active or inactive storage.
|Accounts payable |
|Class 3 - Useful||Records useful to the uninterrupted |
operation of the business. These records
are replaceable although their loss could cause temporary inconvenience.
|Bank statements |
|Class 4 - Nonessential||Records having no present value and |
should be destroyed.
|Requests answered |
|Use, then destroy|
Source: Gordon P. McKinnon, editor. Fire Protection Handbook, 15th ed. (Boston : National Fire Protection Association, 1981).