The 5 Most Important Steps to Take after the Flames Die Out

Whenever there is a fire outbreak, the risk of damage to the property is very high. For that reason, in addition to being prepared to put out the fire, it is also essential to be prepared to handle the aftermath. It is also possible that clothes catch fire due to portable space heaters or other matters.

It can be a hectic time as you hear the working smoke alarm go off and realize that it is time to follow your escape route to get to safety in time. Home fires are no laughing matter and can create significant issues if one doesn’t account for escape plans to only have exposure for a short period of time.

Remember that the initial fire damage event can be a problem or an ordeal in and of itself but it is essential to move and to have a simple blueprint to move effectively.

In these instances, one would notice that the fire breaks out of control, the smoke alarms would have rung, the fire department would have come out and done what they could to minimize the fire if generally did get out of hand. In this situation, there will likely have been smoke coming and potential toxic gases that were released within the home due to the fire.

If you have been involved in a fire incident, you may need to obtain medical attention and ensure that those who were in the residence have been checked out in a medical room and have been cleared to go to a living and meeting place that is safe.

Let us look at the general overview of moving forward.

Professionals Will Conduct an Assessment and Cleaning

After the firefighters have left and you have conducted a simple medical check-up or sought medical attention if you needed it, then you will have to think about the next steps after the home fire.

Cleaning and more must be done following a fire. But it is crucial to first understand the kind of mess involved because there may be different ways of effectively dealing with different kinds of damage and debris. It is also worth noting that the nature of the mess created usually depends on the cause of the fire.

Let us take a look at the different kinds of fire.

Different Kinds of Fire

The different kinds of fire can have varying levels of impact on your property. Many fires will have some level of impact that would require restoration but the impact will vary due to where and how the fire started.

Fire from oil & gas

Fires can be caused by natural gas or by liquids that are combustible. Flammable liquids normally fall under Class II and also Class IIIB, the first one covering kerosene and other fuels whose flashpoint is over 100°F. As for Class IIIB, it covers animal and vegetable oils, hydraulic fluids, glycerin, and any other liquid whose flashpoint is over 200°F.

Electrical Fire

Electrical fires emanate from electrical failure; like when fans, dryers, air-conditioning units, and such other electrical equipment malfunction.

Spontaneous Fire

Spontaneous fires start when combustion takes place spontaneously; meaning its ignition cannot be directly linked to its source. Normally there is a catalyst involved in spontaneous fires.

A good example is when material, such as hay, ignites following increased heat from the sun. Then there are the fires that often occur in drought-prone areas of California in the US.

The Aftermath of Fire

Lots of damage occurs when the property is subjected to fire, and that includes melting of plastic material, blistering of paint, extreme stress on glass windows, and other forms of damage. Damage may occur even on property that has not been directly touched by fire, owing to elevated heat levels. Sometimes equipment and personal belongings may be irreparably damaged, even when they appear physically intact.

Fire outbreaks do not only cause damage to property, but they also ruin the environment and cause psychological problems to the people affected. During a fire incident and immediately after, one cannot help but wonder if anything is salvageable, matters of insurance, the next best step to take.

5 Vital Steps to Take after a Fire

Here are the different steps to take after a home fire.

Confirm that all residents are safe

The immediate step should be to account for every individual believed to have been in the building before the fire started. This information can help guide firefighters and other professionals to areas of the building where someone might need help.

You should also contact some family members or close friends to let them know you are safe despite the fire to quell any anxieties and prepare some support system for yourself.

Contact the Paul Davis team To Conduct Effective Home Restoration

The professionals at Paul Davis will come out and conduct an assessment of the property. This enables you to have an estimate of the damages. It also lets you know the extent of the damages within your property. This way, you can go to the insurance company with the estimate already done and have a good idea of the improvements and the type of restoration that you require.

Contact your insurance company

Even if you are covered under the homeowners’ insurance company, it is wise to personally call and notify its office about the fire. Do not make assumptions that someone else has made the call.

By notifying the insurance, you will be providing the basis for documentation to begin, and the process of the insurance claim to be initiated.

Find out if the Property is Salvageable

Sometimes buildings suffer structural damage from the extreme heat of the fire, and it takes adjusters from insurance companies to assess the full extent of such damage. Depending on the nature and extent of the damage, these professionals may recommend demolishing and rebuilding the property, or having repair work done. This would be something that would be provided early on if you ensure to call the professionals at Paul Davis early on in the process.

Establish if the property is habitable

In considering if it is safe to occupy the premises after a fire, you need to consider that floor structures and other areas could be weak, and may not offer ample support to stand on. It is also crucial to take into account the possibility of there being carbon monoxide or even soot, which may be detrimental to the lungs if inhaled in large amounts.

The professionals will also let you know if it is safe to move through the property and conduct steps like looking at damaged and undamaged items.

Separate damaged and undamaged items

Once you have your undamaged items aside, it is easy to determine the items you had but have now been destroyed. You can then use this information to make a list of items damaged in the fire, for the sake of pursuing compensation from your insurance company.

Make a point of salvaging any receipts and bank statements available, and even photographs and other documents that can help to confirm that you owned certain items before the fire.

Reach out Out To Paul Davis To Deal with the Aftermath of Home Fires

When you consider all the things that require attention once the fire has been put out, the possibility of being overwhelmed is evident. The way to minimize your stress is to have a professional restoration firm on standby, where you can call as soon as you ensure your people are safe.

Such a firm will not only offer you restoration services but also contact any other professionals they deem relevant for your peace of mind.

If you are looking for assistance after a fire starts, remember to reach out to the team at Paul Davis today.

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