Most people focus on what to do if you find yourself in a fire — have an escape path, stay low to the ground, test doors for heat before entering a new room, and so on. Less people focus on what happens after the fire. Yet, this is also extremely important since saving your home and possessions largely depends on your response to the fire.
From our fire damage restoration experts at Crossroads Property Rescue in Prairieville, here are four things that everyone should do after a house fire to save their home and possessions.
The obvious top priority after a fire is getting you and your family to safety above all else. If a fire develops while you are in the house and you cannot safely put it out, get your loved ones and yourself out of the home as quickly as possible, staying low to the ground and making your way to the nearest exit. Establish a meeting point a safe distance from the home where you can gather with your family.
After the fire is extinguished, you may be tempted to go back into your home to evaluate the damage. However, this can put you in serious, unnecessary danger. Lingering smoke and soot will remain in the home which can cause major respiratory problems. There may also be severe structural damage and portions of your home may collapse without notice at any time. Finally, large portions of your home could be wet and slippery from the water used to put out the fire.
Dealing with the fallout of a house fire is a major burden. All in all, it’s not something you should try to tackle on your own. It’s essential that you contact a certified fire damage restoration company in your area for help as soon as possible after a flood. They have the manpower, equipment, and expertise necessary to get the job done swiftly, safely, and successfully.
Dealing with your insurance company after a fire can be a stressful experience, but it doesn’t always have to be so. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to mitigate the stress of working with your insurance company. Specifically, you should reach out to them immediately after the fire, thoroughly document all the damage with photos and a written inventory, and know the details of your policy well ahead of time. There’s no guarantee that you won’t encounter any roadblocks, but this will make the process go more smoothly.
The fire damage cleanup process can be a strain on anyone. However, by familiarizing yourself with the process and following the steps above, you will be able to make it through eventually and put the fire behind you. Give us a call at Crossroads Property Rescue in Prairieville without delay if your home is ever damaged by a fire and we will be right out to begin repairing the damage.