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What to Do After A Fire

3/24/2022 (Permalink)

Blurry fire with black background, black text over white overlay. Text reads: What to Do After A Fire If you’ve suffered a house fire call SERVPRO of St. Charles to help restore your home back to preloss condition.

After a fire, it can be hard to know what to do next. The actions you take immediately after a fire can affect the restoration of your property.

Your first priority should be to get in touch with a fire damage restoration specialist, such as SERVPRO of St. Charles, to assess the damage and get your property back to its pre-fire condition.

Before entering a building following a fire, make sure that you have the necessary clearance from the Fire Marshal. Also, wear a protective mask to avoid inhaling the smoke. It is best to avoid the scene of the fire, because the more you move around, the more soot can be spread.  

If you must enter your home, follow these simple steps:

  • Don't go to heavily burned areas as they may be unsafe.
  • Do not attempt to clean off smoke and soot residues from surfaces on your own.
  • Discard all food items that were exposed, especially open containers.
  • Do not use utensils and dishware that were contaminated.
  • Do not use computers, TV’s or other electronic devices, as shorts can cause electrocution.
  • Take photos of the damage and make a list of damaged items.
  • Contact a contractor to board up windows and other open areas.
  • Do not make any permanent repairs until the insurance adjuster has seen the damage.
  • Keep any receipts for temporary repairs made for reimbursement purposes.

If you’ve suffered a house fire, follow the tips above – and call SERVPRO of St. Charles to help restore your home back to preloss condition. Call us to learn more about the fire damage restoration process.

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