Home Fires and What To Do Next
Your Guide to Regaining Your Life
SEP 24, 2020 by REBECCA WALLACE
A fire in your home can cause serious damage. Your home and many of the things in your home may be badly damaged by flames, heat, smoke and water. You will find things not damaged by the fire may still be ruined by smoke and may be soggy with water used to put out the fire. Anything you want to save or reuse will need to be carefully cleaned. To fight the fire, firefighters may have broken windows and cut holes in the roof. This slows the fire’s growth and gets rid of dark smoke that makes it hard for firefighters to see. They may have cut holes in your walls to make sure that the fire is completely out and not hidden in the walls. It is important to understand the risk to your safety and health even after the fire is out. The soot and dirty water left behind may contain things that could make you sick. Be very careful if you go into your home and if you touch any fire-damaged items.
After the fire has occurred, what do you do now?
Take Care of Yourself and Your Family
Call your local victim services agency, American Red Cross or other local agency that assists with emergency housing and set up temporary housing, if only for a night. This will give you time to be able to focus on the next steps for the process.
There has probably been psychological trauma that has occurred from the fire. Please do not hesitate to reach out to victim services, a counselor, therapist or religious guide to help you emotionally work through what happened.
Locate and Take of Any Pets
Locate your pets and get them into a safe space. Some animal shelters offer emergency lodging for pets that have been displaced due to a disaster or trauma in the home.
Contact An Emergency Restoration and Contents Cleaning Company
An emergency service that can come out to your property, asses the situation, and contact your insurance company on your behalf, can help move the process of restoring your home and working with your insurance company easier on you. The emergency company can also help salvage contents in your home that in other cases would be deemed a total loss.
Contact Financial Institutes
Contact your bank and credit card companies if bank cards and credits cards were lost in the fire. You will also need to contact the SSC office to replace your social security card and other government agencies to replaces such documents as passports, birth certificates, marriage licenses, etc.
Do not enter the home after the fire department has left. The home still may be hot, the structural integrity of the home is probably compromised, and different toxins have been released from the fire damage that can be detrimental to your health. Wait for a professional company who specialized in fire damage to enter the home and help you recover any items that are not impacted.
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