Every year, May is recognized as the month to save our heritage and museums, archives, historical societies, etc., around the world takes a look at their disaster preparedness plan.
You can save your heritage by taking care of the items that documents your family history.
Here are a few tips to help you save your family photographs.
Display copies of important photographs instead of the originals. If the originals are dis-played, keep light exposure to a minimum.
Display on wall that get the least amount of sun.
Turn off the lights when no one is in the room.
When away for an extended period of time, close drapes and/or blind to keep out the sun.
Store photographs in a cool, dry place. Avoid attics and basements.
Store in acid free envelopes or sleeves.
When purchasing photo albums, purchase those that are acid free.
Never put adhesive on your photographs.
Use photo corners when mounting to paper.
Use a soft pencil to label the backs of the photographs or the paper the photo is mounted on.
Store negatives in a separate location from the album and prints. If there is a disaster, there is a chance that either the photos or the negatives will survive.
To be sure that your photographs survive a disaster, scan the photograph at 300-600 dpi and store onto a CD, a Flash Drive, or an External Hard Drive. Put these into your safe deposit box at the bank or send them to another family in a different location for safe