What to do After a Fire

Having a fire in your home is frightening, overwhelming and traumatizing.  Fires have the potential to spread incredibly quickly, causing immense damage to your property and belongings.  Even once the fire is put out, they can continue to do damage to anything inside.  Chemical reactions and the acidity of soot and smoke will eat away at the contents.  During such a stressful time it can be difficult to know what steps to take. 

The first and most important thing to do after everyone has made it to safety and emergency services are called is to inform your insurance company.  This way the claim process will begin.  Many insurance companies will offer funds if needed for immediate living expenses if your debit and credit cards have been destroyed.  Find a safe place to stay, either with family or friends or a hotel.

Never enter your home after the fire until you have been told by the fire department that it is safe to do so.  The extreme heat of a fire can cause damage that you may not even be able to see without training.  Floor, ceilings and walls can be unsafe and could collapse.  Also if your utilities were disconnected, never have them reconnected unless you have been told that it is safe to do so by a professional. Having them reconnected to soon can possibly cause gas leaks, another fire or water damage.

Get a fire restoration company in.  Do not attempt to clean up by yourself.  Fire clean up is highly specialized and you will require a professional to do the job.  A professional company will have all of the required equipment to mitigate the damage and restore your property.  Not only will there be damage from the fire but also from water and fire retardants used to put out the fire. Smoke will also cause plenty of damage.  The acidity from the smoke and ash will go beyond the surfaces and need to be cleaned properly in order to be saved.  If this process is not done in a timely manner or is not done correctly, you will have many items in your home that will become unsalvageable.  Walls, floors, appliances and upholstery can become permanently stained and metals will tarnish.  A fire restoration crew will be able to accurately assess the extent of the damage done and come up with an effective treatment plan.

It can also be a good idea to take photographs of the damage done to your home.  This can be helpful for your insurance claim.  Make lists of all of the damaged items as well.  If you have receipts for any of these items, get them together.  Once you start replacing lost items, you should also keep all of those receipts for insurance purposes.

Be sure to also take care of yourself and family members.  The emotional toll a fire has can be great and bring up many feelings.  It is important to work through these feelings as a family.  It can be beneficial to seek counseling, especially if you are struggling. 

Restoration Mate can help you with your fire Restoration needs in the Toronto area.  We are experts in the process and can assure you that your home and belongings are in good hands.  We will save as many possessions as possible and get your home to its original state so you can move back in safely and comfortably.

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