Anyone who’s experienced a fire can tell you what a stressful and terrible situation it is to be in. In just a few minutes, everything you’ve worked for can be charred beyond recognition. While having a fire in your home is a rare occurrence, it’s still important to know what to do if your life is ever plagued with this disaster.
It shouldn’t be a mystery that fire can cause serious damage to a home. The contents of your home and the building itself may become seriously damaged by the actual fire, heat, smoke, and water. You may find that the things that weren’t charred beyond belief in the fire may be soggy, or reek of smoke. If there are things that are damaged, but you’d still like to repair, these things must be cleaned carefully. During the fire, first respondents may have cut holes into the walls of the building to search for flames hidden inside of the walls. It’s even possible that they cut holes into the roof to allow smoke and heat to escape the building. You must understand that fire damage clean up is a time consuming process that requires a lot of patience.
The Fire Damage Restoration Process
Even after the fire has been extinguished, you must be weary of the things that can be a risk to your safety and health. Dirty water and soot that were left behind may have contaminants that can make you sick. If you go into your home and touch any of the fire damaged contents, be careful. Ask the fire department, your insurance agent, or a restoration specialist for help & advice before you begin to clean or make any repairs.
After your home experiences a fire, you should call the local disaster relief service, like the Salvation Army. These disaster relief services will help you to find temporary lodging, food, clothing, as well as medicine. The best route of action is to stay with a family member or a friend. This isn’t an easy task to take on. Don’t try to do it by yourself, and don’t be scared to ask for help.
Secure your pets after the fire, as scared animals often react with aggression. Carefully, calmly, and gently handle your pets. Try to leave your pets with a family member, pet lodging service, or friend while your home is being cleaned and serviced. In short, keep your pets out of your home while restoration services are being performed.
Be Weary Of The Area
Unless the fire department has specifically said it’s safe, do not enter your damaged home or apartment. Fires can start again after they’ve been extinguished. Keep your eyes peeled for any serious damage caused by the fire, as roofs and floors may be damaged, and can fall down, or collapse. Your local fire department will make sure that all utility services including water, electricity, and gas are safe to use. If they aren’t safe to use, the fire department will shut off the utilities and disconnect them before they leave. Never try to turn these back on by yourself, as it could pose greater danger to you, your family, and your property.
Go With The Pros!
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