Fire Damage – After the fire
Hot, fast and deadly - that's how many describe fire. No one can take it lightly if it has damaged your hard earned possessions, or worse, taking the life of a loved one. Many have taken preventive measures to avoid this horrific situation, but no one can guarantee the safety from fire.
You may have taken precautions, but what about the others in your neighborhood? So what to do in case it happens? Your mind has been clouded with fear and smoke, then after the darkness ends and smoke disappears, the sad light of reality will slap you in the face… the damaged properties, your body shaking from fear. You’ll end up shock and cannot think clearly. And as much as you want to know the extent of the damage, you definitely cannot go inside the burnt building unless the fire department told you that it is safe to do so. Once again, you’re going to ask yourself ‘what to do?’
Fire damage tips on what to do after the smoke clears
Find another place for the night. It is normal that you want to protect what is left of your house, but it is not safe to stay in the house as debris may fall here and there from the damaged property as an aftershock of the fire. It is better for you and your family to find another place, at least for the night.
Call for help. Ask for the assistance of a relative, friend, fire damage restoration expert and even the local disaster relief service to help you with the basic needs such as a place to stay for a while, clothes, food, and medicines. If you are insured, call the insurance company to report the incident. Some of the insurance companies provide cash advances to the insured to assist in the immediate needs, which will be deducted to the sum of the proceeds of the claim. Also, you should secure the copies of the incident reports from the fire department and local authorities, and submit the same to your insurance company to support your claim. If the property is mortgaged, report the incident to the financial institution as well.
Inventory of items. Before trying to clean-up the mess, conduct an inventory of what has been damaged by the disaster. This way, you will know the extent of the fire damage which will also support the claim to the insurance company, and will also help in preparing the list of things that need to be repaired or replaced. Also, check the important documents so you may contact the concerned agencies for replacement.
The effects of fire damage
Recovery. Fire is a major ordeal one can face in a lifetime. Hence, professional help for the emotional and mental trauma might be needed. Never neglect this need, because damaged properties were not the only ones that need repair. Communicate your fears, your feelings, to anyone your comfortable confiding with. While you are busy repairing and replacing what was lost, try to open yourself to your family who needs you or wanted to help. The family should be hand in hand in taking the road to full recovery.