6 Steps To Follow After A Fire Damage
Safety is a primary concern when dealing with fire damage. Returning to normal may seem impossible, but thankfully it isn’t. After calling the fire department, home and business owners should be aware that the building may be dangerous. Entering the building should be avoided since the environment could be toxic. No one should enter the house or office until the emergency responders approve that it is safe. Roofs and floors could be unsafe and could possibly cave in without notice. Smoke, soot and water are problems that need to be dealt with as soon as possible. Home and business owners should take the following steps following a fire:
- Contact local disaster relief. In some cases, relatives will open their home for their families or friends in an emergency. If that is not an option, local services can help families find shelter, food and medication
- Contact the insurance company. The insurance company can help home and business owners understand what they must do in order to file a claim and receive compensation.
- Utilities should not be turned on if the emergency responders have shut them off. They could be extremely hazardous and should only be used if a professional says it is safe.
- Call the landlord or mortgage company and inform them about the situation
- Call the police and inform them that the office or home will be vacant until the building is restored.
- Receipts should be saved to provide information to the insurance company and to claim losses on income tax forms.
Fire damage can be severe, but restoration is possible. It is important to proceed with caution to prevent any further damage. With experienced restoration professionals and some time, a house or office can often be restored to its original condition.
Article written by: IICRC