What to do after a Fire?Going through a fire is a frightening experience. However, it’s important to have a plan for the aftermath of such an event.
1. Do Not Enter the building until you’ve been told that it’s safe to do so.
-You need to make sure that the fire is extinguished before you go in and that the authorities have checked out the site and know if it’s safe.
2. If the building is too damaged you may not be able to enter it at all
-If there’s damage to the structure, it might not be possible to enter the building.
3. Know Who to Call After a Fire
-Owner / Landlord
-Fire Damage Restoration Specialist
-If needed help groups that assist after a fire
4. Understand what a Fire Report is
-A report that discusses what the structures like, the area that was involved, and the date of the incident. It will have an incident number from the fire department and assist in gathering information.
5. Get a copy of the Fire Report
-The fire department usually has a copy for you, make sure you get one.
6. Secure the Property
-Talk to emergency services to get information on to how best secure your property.
7. Call Fire Damage Restoration Specialists
-If the building is damaged rather than destroyed interior cleaning will be required.
8. Know How to Handle Smoke and Soot Damage
-There might be a film of soot on the walls. Call Restoration specialists to take care of this.
9. Water Damage Restoration may be needed
-If water hoses put out the fire it’s very important that you dry the house properly to prevent mold. Structural drying will be needed.
10. Counseling if needed
-If the building is destroyed it might affect children or family members. It’s important to keep this in mind and help them cope with the situation.