Being jarred out of sleep in the middle of the night is scary in its own right, but when it is the smoke detector screeching at you it is downright terrifying. There is never a good time for a fire, with fire season well underway you need to be prepared just in case the worst happens and your Greenville home is affected by a fire. When you are a homeowner, the question isn’t “if” a fire damage disaster will occur. You need to treat it as “when” a fire damage disaster will occur. So, what do you do when a fire damage disaster does occur?
Things You Should Do
First and foremost, safety should be your main priority. Always put the safety of your family first, you do not need someone getting hurt while trying to clean up the mess. Never enter your home without the go-ahead from your local fire marshal, or local fire expert. Move your family to a smoke-free Place. Not only is there the immense heat from the flame but there is also toxic smoke that can be deadly to you, your family and pets. Smoke contains carcinogenic gasses that can be very dangerous to your health.
After the fire has been put out, if you are allowed to enter your home, you should open the windows, this will get the air moving and help to force the smoke out of your home. Unfortunately, the soot and the awful smell will remain until cleaned up by a trained team of professionals. By this time, you should have already called a fire and smoke restoration team that you can trust to do the best job for you and your family. We recommend contacting a fire damage and smoke damage cleanup company prior to contacting your insurance company. The professionals will ashess the damage and can work with your insurance company, so you get the best coverage.
Inventory The Contents of Your Home – Make a list and take pictures of all items damaged by the fire. You will need these pictures for the insurance company. Remember a picture is worth a thousand words and quite a chunk of change when dealing with a fire. The fire damage cleanup company you hire will be able to inventory your property and possessions for you.
What You Should Not Do
Do not turn on appliances, air conditioner or other electrical devices until they are checked and cleaned by a professional. You may not see the damage done to electrical cords that may get hot, spark, and either shock you or start another fire.
Do not attempt to clean or take any medications or eat any food the was exposed to the fire. Heat can alter the chemical compounds making them unsafe for consumption.
As tempting as it may be, do not try to perform do-it-yourself fire or smoke damage cleanup. If you do not have the proper experience or training, there are major health risks involved, as well as the potential to damage your property and possession further. The restoration team of your choice will have the proper tools and personal protective equipment to complete the cleanup and restoration of your home quickly and safely.
When choosing a team of restoration professionals look for the following: