Fire damage is devastating to a home and its occupants. Once the flames are out, there will be a lot of things you’ll need to do as the homeowner to minimize the damage to your personal belongings and start the restoration process. Here are a few tips to help you get started getting your home back in order.
You should not enter the property until the fire department confirms that the fire is out and it is safe to go inside. Embers can smolder for days and rekindle if not properly extinguished. When it is safe to return, grab any important documents such as birth certificates, insurance papers and mortgage information. Be sure to take any medications you will need and any valuables you can carry. Anything in a fireproof safe will probably be fine.
The next step is to call a certified fire restoration company, such as our company, for clean up and restorative services. There will be lingering smoke and soot on everything and you may want to stay in a hotel for the duration of the cleanup. You will most likely not be allowed inside during the restoration process due to the environmental safety risks associated with smoke inhalation and chemical exposure. The cleanup crew will be wearing protective clothing and masks to protect them while they are working.
- Do not use any electrical appliances
- Do not turn on any lights, use a flashlight [electrical wiring could be damaged]
- Do not attempt to clean anything
- Do not turn on your furnace or heat source
- Open windows for ventilation to get smoke out of the house
- Remove animals from the house [they are affected by smoke inhalation also]
- Limit the number of people going in and out of the home to avoid tracking soot
- Call a plumber or HVAC Technician to turn off the gas and drain the water heater.
Contact Disaster Response Team immediately if you have been the victim of fire damage. Our staff is available 24/7 to respond to emergencies. We know that time is very important and will there within minutes of your call securing everything for your safety and to contain the mess.