Planning for the Aftermath of a House Fire
Getting your household ready for a house fire is a very important thing to prioritize. When a fire starts, you will often only have minutes to evacuate and get to safety.
However, once you have your fire escape plan down, you should take your house fire preparedness a step further by considering how to handle the recovery process. Because it is an overwhelming time with many things to consider, knowing the details ahead of time can be quite helpful.
Take Your House Fire Preparedness a Step Further
Prepare yourself for what to expect. There is no way to know exactly what the extent of the damage will be to your home before you enter it but knowing what to expect can help lessen the emotional impact. Make sure that you are aware of how far smoke and soot can travel, as there can be damages in the far reaches of your home that you were not expecting.
Wait to enter your home. It is important to prioritize your safety during house fire recovery, so remember to never go back into your home until officials have deemed it safe. Flames can compromise a building’s structural integrity and make it dangerous to walk through, so you should always wait until the fire crew has responded and stabilized the structure.
Contact your insurance company. The claims process can be different depending on your insurancecompany, which is why you should get in touch quickly in order to make sure you are following the right steps toward filing your claim.
Document the damages. It may feel tedious to document every piece of the home that has been damaged, but it will come in handy for you and for your insurance claims process as well. Keep a detailed list organized by room and take many accompanying photos to be certain nothing slips through the cracks.
Contact your restoration company. Working with a good restoration company can help your family emotionally recover from the fire more effectively as they will help you restore your home to its pre-fire condition. The peace of mind that comes from choosing a company you can count on is immeasurable in a stressful situation.
If your home is damaged in a house fire, you can count on us to help you. Call SERVPRO of Romulus at 734-992-3138 for a quick response.