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A fire in your home can be extremely devastating and in an emergency situation, it is helpful to have a game plan. Below we have listed the steps of what do to after a fire has occurred in your home:
Call fire department: Call 911 as soon as possible when a fire has occurred. Give them your exact location and let them know that there is a fire in your home. If you know the location of where the fire began this information can be helpful as well.
Help: Make sure each of your family members are a safe distance from the fire, including any animals that you may have. Check to ensure that no one is injured or needs immediate attention.
Call: One of the first calls after calling the fire department would be to call your insurance agent. It is important to give them as much information as you can so they can begin to make a claim. After you have called insurance, it would be helpful to also call your landlord/ mortgage company and inform them what has happened and discuss your options with them. Lastly, a call to the police would be beneficial informing them that this residence will be vacant for a little while due to fire, so they can patrol the area and keep your property safe.
Get recommendations for restoration companies: ask your insurance agent if they have any recommendations for fire restoration companies. They may have a good company with whom they have worked with before. This will help give you a start of who to call to help restore your home to its’ pre-fire condition
Ask if safe to go in: Before heading back into your home, be sure to ask the fire department when it is safe to go inside the home. While you are inside the home, if possible, try to gather as many important documents as you can as well as necessities needed to get you through the time being.
Find a place to stay: The next step is to contact friends, family, or even a disaster relief to find a place to stay until your home is restored.
Notify various places of your new location: Notifying your work, kids’ schools, and the post office of your new location will be very helpful. You might also want to have the post office hold your mail until you are able to move back in.
Save receipts: After the fire has happened be sure to keep any receipt for a purchase needed because of the fire. These will be useful for insurance and tax reasons.
Keep in contact with restoration company: While fire restoration company that you hired is working on your home, be sure to keep in contact with them getting updates, asking questions you may have, and getting timelines.
There are few things as devastating to your home and well-being as a fire. Every year there are approximately 365,500 residential building fires resulting in $6.6 billion in property loss. While you can’t prevent every fire that occurs, there are some steps that everyone can take to ensure that their property is better protected against fire.
Be careful when you cook. Refrain from wearing loose clothing, keep flammable items like towels and wooden spoons away from open flames, and maintain a 3 foot child free zone around your cooking area.
Replace any frayed, worn or damaged appliance cords as they can start fires.
If you burn candles, keep them away from window hangings and be sure to extinguish the flame.
Check your smoke detectors. Smoke detectors should be located inside and outside sleeping areas and on all levels of your home. They should be tested monthly, batteries should be changed yearly and alarms more than ten years old should be replaced.
Use caution when operating a portable heater. Ensure that is has an automatic shut off mechanism in the event that it falls over and keep any combustible items at least 3 feet away.
Prepare and practice! Each home should have a plan in case of a home fire. Every second counts in an emergency, and if all members of your family are familiar with escape routes and meeting spaces, your chances of escaping unharmed increase greatly.
In the event of fire damage in your home, make sure that you call trained, skilled professionals who can complete any and all structural repairs, reconstruction, and final cleaning as appropriate.