Responding To Fire Damage And Getting Restoration Help
When the unthinkable happens, it can be hard to know how to respond. House fires are one of the most devastating disasters any homeowner in Bridgeport could endure. Crossroads Property Rescue has dealt with fire damage restoration, and we know first-hand how hard it is. That is why we want to share with you some things you can do to help you respond safely and correctly to a fire.
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- Our fire damage restoration experts recommend you develop a fire escape plan for your home and family. As soon as your smoke alarms alert you of a fire, you start to follow the plan. An effective escape plan highlights at least two exits from each room of the house, and designates an area outside of the home, a safe distance away, as a meeting point. Every member of the family needs to know the escape plan and be familiar with it. No matter how good your plan is, it will not be successful if it is not practiced. Be sure to have regular fire drills so that everyone is prepared to respond. Getting everyone out of the home safely and quickly is the number one priority, and an effective fire escape plan will help make that possible.
- Learn and practice how to safely exit a burning building. Inhaling smoke can cause serious damage to the brain, lungs, and heart, and too much smoke will kill you before the flames will. This is why it is important to stay below the smoke when exiting. If any are quickly available, place a clean cloth or other fabric over your nose and mouth to act as a filter.
- Always check doors before opening them to make sure that the flames are not directly behind them. Doors can actually act as barriers to keep the fire away and buy you a little bit of time, so if you open one and the fire is right behind it, it will spread more quickly. You can check to see if a door is safe to open by feeling the handle for heat.
- Alert emergency response personnel right away. When you do call for help, if possible, let firefighters know where the fire originated and how many family members are still inside if everyone has not made it to the designated meeting area. The more information you can give the response teams, the better the odds are of them getting everyone out safely and extinguishing the flames quickly.
- Make sure that you have working alarms in every room that someone sleeps in and at least one on every floor of your home. Keep the batteries fresh and test your alarms periodically. This is a simple action that can save you from a costly fire damage restoration in the future. You should also have at least one fire extinguisher accessible in your home. If the fire is contained to a small area, you can use the extinguisher to attempt to put it out. However, do not spend time attempting to put out a fire that is not responding to your efforts. Fires can grow very quickly, and your time is much better spent following the fire escape plan to ensure that everyone has made it out of the home quickly and safely than attempting to put out a stubborn and resisting fire.
When dealing with the aftermath of a fire, be sure to call the fire damage restoration experts at Crossroads Property Rescue. We’ll make sure the fire damage restoration process runs smoothly so you can quickly return to normal life.