You’ve just been told that your home or building is on fire. You rush to the scene with hopes that it’s less serious than you’ve imagined. When you get there, the fire department is putting out the flames. You’re standing on the curb watching as water soaks your charred home or business. What do you do next?
For most, they call it a day and head to a hotel with hopes of dealing with the situation in the morning. Instead, you ought to call a water and fire damage restoration company to take care of the aftermath. At All Phase Restoration, we offer emergency fire and water restoration services to those in need in three different locations: Windsor, Denver, and Colorado Springs. In an effort to help you better handle fire damage to your home or business, we’ve put together some standard do’s and don’ts.
Fire Damage Restoration Tips
What to do until help arrives
The primary goal for you, your family, or your colleagues should be safety. If you’re able to re-enter your home or business, you need to make sure it’s safe to do so. In most open flame situations, it’s best to stay at a safe distance until emergency help arrives. For most moderate to large-scale fires, it’s better to stay away from the area until it’s properly inspected, restored, and cleaned.
What to do after the fire
With safety in mind, do your best to stay away from the home or business. While you may have belongings or assets inside that you want to try and retrieve, it’s best to stay at a safe distance. The fire department will help reduce the danger. After the fire department and other emergency services are finished, you will want to give a trusted, local emergency fire damage restoration company a call. Here are some other tips to consider:
Wear proper cleaning gear to protect yourself from soot and airborne debris
Place clean towels or linens over existing rugs or carpets to decrease damage potential
Change HVAC filter
What not to do after a fire
- Do not enter the premises until deemed safe
- Do not try and wash the floors, walls, or ceilings
- Do not attempt to clean or adjust any exposed electrical wires
- Do not use any canned or packaged food that was exposed to the heat
- Do not engage ceiling fans or other electrical accessories
- Do not send fabrics, garments, or other washables to an ordinary cleaner
All Phase Restoration: Emergency Fire Damage Restoration Services
After serving Colorado for years, All Phase Restoration understands what it takes to restore a fire-damaged home. If your home or business has sustained fire damage, you need to call in the pros. The longer you wait to get your home or business restored, the more it can potentially cost you later. At All Phase, we offer emergency restoration services so that you can get your home or business back in working order and your life back on track. Contact us today!