If you have had a fire in a property then the chances are you will be slightly in shock and wondering where you should turn to next. This article will help you understand what steps you need to take next.
First and foremost you need to take into account safety, especially of those who are more vulnerable. Move pets and children to a smoke-free atmosphere. Smoke includes noxious fumes which can have a hugely detrimental effect on their long term health. First and foremost you should be asking for help from those around you. Whether that be neighbors or family members. You will be surprised how much people will come to your aid when you really need it.
Once the fire has been extinguished you should then open all of the windows. Doing so will force the property to have fresh air forced through it which will help drive out any excess smoke.
Call for expert assistance; this is where a fire restoration specialist will be able to help you getting your house, or even your business back to how it was before any fire. You will find that they are incredibly efficient and will work far faster than trying to do everything yourself.
Insurance companies will require that you do everything you can to “lessen damages”, this can include boarding windows, covering damaged roofing and ensuring all remnants of smoldering have stopped before the property is left unattended. A fire restoration company will be able to help you with this.
As soon as you have time, you should telephone your insurance company and inform them of the situation. In a lot of cases they will tell you to hire a fire restoration company and they will then foot the bill. However, you should check with your individual insurer as some may insist that you use their own companies.
If the building has been left without power then you should empty your fridge and freezer and wedge the doors open as to not build mold.
You will need to create a thorough inventory of the contents of the property. Make lists of everything, whether it be damaged or still in working order. You should also take as many photos of the damage as you can in order to send to your insurance company. There is also a chance that the fire investigation department will ask to see the pictures. Always make sure you keep a copy of all of them though.
Also, there are tasks that you don’t need to try on your own on account of this poisonous gases or threat of smouldering ash.
Do not use electric apparatus such as appliances, stereos or TVs before the fire restoration agency deems them secure.
Do not wipe the walls down, wood furniture and trim or some other absorbent coating.
Do not sit or go upholstered furniture.
Do not consume any food item, such as canned items of food if they have been subjected to increased heat from fire.
The Most Common Types Of Fire
Most fire restoration specialists have seen every type of eventuality and addressed every other kind of smoke and fire damage you can think of. Here are the most Frequent causes of fires and smoke harm at houses and businesses:
Lint buildup in dryers
Electrical fires (faulty/aged wiring, overloaded electrical outlets)
Kitchen grease fires (and stove burners accidentally left “on”)
Accidental igniting of flammables, such as gas, propane, lighter fluid and solvents
Do not turn on house systems such as the furnace or air conditioner.
Do not water your plants till you wipe the leaves down to eliminate soot.
Fire restoration providers have the correct safety gear to get the job done without the dangers.