Unfortunately, you can't predict if or when a fire will strike your home office. On the off chance that your wiring goes haywire, lightening strikes or some other fiery event occurs, be prepared. The Sentry Fire-Safe Electronic Small Advanced Home Safe ($348) offers two-hour proven fire protection and is water resistant as well. This charcoal gray, 1.6 cubic foot, water-resistant safe has a multiposition shelf and tray, key rack, compartment for small items, door pocket and six live-locking bolts. The Sentry Fire-Safe is available at most office supply stores.
Brother home office expert Lisa Kanarek advises corporations and individuals on all aspects of working from home and writes the blog Working Naked. She is the author of several books, including Working Naked: A guide to the bare essentials of home office life.