The problem is, most of them aren't really all that safe. Photographs and other media – including negatives – naturally deteriorate over time, especially when stored improperly. Humidity, dust, temperature, pollutants . . . even fresh paint fumes can cause damage such as staining, cracking, flaking or fading, and while some damage can be reversed by a professional conservator, other problems, such as that caused by prolonged exposure to sunlight, can be cumulative and irreversible.
But there is good news . . . there are steps you can take to greatly prevent deterioration of your originals, as well as to utilize state-of-the-art methods to ensure that your family's heritage is safe from damage or disaster and is preserved for future generations to enjoy.