There are so many emotions and so many questions following a house fire that it’s hard to know what to do next – who do you call, where do you begin, and when is it safe to reenter your home? Learn more about what to do and what not to do by reading our fire damage checklist.
What You Should Not Do After a House Fire
There are so many questions and emotions following a house fire that it’s hard to grasp what you should do next – who do you call first, where do you start, and when is it safe to reenter your house? There is hope to recover, start a new life, and a restored home and Articles321 is here to help. With our vast knowledge in fire restoration we know just how hard going through this time can be.
That’s why we’ve provided you with this House Fire Checklist to help you take your first steps toward recovery. Print this checklist out to help keep you and your family safe as you take the necessary steps to recover after a house fire safely.
- Do Not enter your home until you have been given the go-ahead that it is safe.
- Do Not turn on any utilities until a professional has found them to be safe.
- Do Not start or try and move your vehicle if it has been fire damaged.
- Do Not try and clean any of the soot or smoke damage by yourself. Leave that to professionals who have the correct safety equipment and knowledge.
What to Do After a House Fire
- Get consent from Fire Department officials before you re-enter your house.
- Get a hold of family members and loved ones and let them know about the accident.
- Check n frightened pets and to ensure their safety and comfort level.
- Call your utility providers and inform them that there has been fire.
- Call your insurance company and begin the claim process.
- Call Articles321 at (480) 430-9978 – available 24/7, 365 days a year – to address fire restoration services.
- Make sure you understand and acknowledge the details of the “fire report” issued by the responding fire department and be sure you get a copy. Obtaining a copy will depend on the state you live in and what caused the fire. The fire report is an official document that details the specifics of the accident. This is vital for insurance purposes.
- Record and document all fire damage. Take tons of photos and detailed notes of fire damage to your property.
- Recover irreplaceable heirlooms and valuable belongings before you leave the property.
- Contact the local police department and notify them that your home will be temporarily vacant. Contact your children’s school so that their teachers know your children are going through a tough time. Lastly, notify the local post office to either hold or forward your mail.
- Start the process of replacing essential documents that were lost in the fire (licenses, passports, birth certificates, social security cards, etc.)
- Fires can be distressing for everyone in your family. Be sure take care of everyone’s emotional needs and don’t be afraid to schedule counseling, if you believe your family needs it.
- If wildfire damaged your home, you might be able to apply for Fire Management Assistance.
- For disaster relief, contact your local Red Cross or The Salvation Army.
Rebuilding A House After Fire Damages
Articles321 are your partners and will help you to rebuild your home after it has been damaged by a fire. Here are the steps we take in rebuilding your house:
- Get A Hold Of Our Emergency Restoration Department
- We Will Assess The Fire Damage
- Tarp Up The Roof And Board-Up Window Service Immediately
- Remove The Water And Dry All Areas That Suffered Water Damage
- Removal Of Soot And Smoke From All Surface Areas
- Start Fire Damage Cleanup
- Start Fire Damage Repair
- Begin Fire Damage Restoration And Rebuilding