I spoke a couple of years ago about what I would save in a fire, in this post here, and events over the last 2 years have altered my opinion a little. Having a partner develop a life-threatening condition like Meningitis, and then suddenly losing one of our children with no warning, has shown me exactly what is important.
Last time I put photographs of my children first, but I now realise they aren't as precious as things they have made. I can remember what they looked like at every age they've ever been, and I can remember all of those times when important photo's were taken. Every photo I've ever thought was great is somewhere on the web anyway, and if it isn't, never mind, it's in my head.
My number one item would be to grab as many of the treasures that my children have made as possible. We have a fridge and wall full of artwork we take for granted, we smile and get the blue tack out, and walk by it every day without a second thought, but it is only when they're big and have a full beard that we realise how much we miss those stick people with crazy hands.
If we're lucky they continue to produce beautiful things for us - sewing, knitting, drawing, even GCSE Woodwork! These are the items that are totally irreplaceable, and sadly in the event of a fire I'd never be able to collect them all together in one place quickly enough, or even carry them, but I'd grab what I could on my way past.
Probably best not have a fire in the first place, and Legal And General have a really concise list of Do's and Dont's to help prevent fires - which really suggests, because they are the experts, that cigarettes are the big danger, followed by unsafe electrics, candles and hot oil. Be safe, be careful, and I hope you never have to know what is the most important thing to save in a fire...
Legal And General are sending the children a present in return for me talking about their treasures in this post.