Before Restoration: Focus on SafetyYou may be eager to get back inside your house or apartment. It’s critically important that you not re-enter the premises until the fire department has cleared it. Structural damage, electrical dangers, and dangerous fumes all pose a threat.
Watch for Physical and Mental SymptomsLong after flames have been extinguished, the effects of smoke inhalation can linger. Symptoms include coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, and a high temperature. Even if you were nowhere near the fire, you may experience the anguish it can cause. You may have lost treasured items and important documents, have insurance to contend with, or need to find a safe place to stay. It’s important to take time to rest so that worry doesn’t magnify into a health crisis. Remember, too, that children may need help dealing with trauma. Even pets need to feel (and be) safe and secure.
Assess Fire and Water DamageCall a team of expert contractors that specializes in fire restoration services to assess the damage to your property. Rogers Home Improvement works directly with your insurance company. Our restoration team can be a valuable resource as you take the next steps toward recovery.
Get the Help You NeedIf the fire has forced you from your home, many organizations are standing by to help. The American Red Cross or the Salvation Army may be able to provide assistance. These organizations can offer personal cleanup supplies, clothes, food, medicine and medical devices (including glasses), pet supplies, and even temporary housing. Local hotels sometimes offer a few nights of free lodging for people displaced by a fire.
Make Some CallsAfter you tell your family and friends what has happened to you, be sure to reach out to your family’s employers and schools, too. After you’ve rallied your support system, there are other important calls to make:
- Let the post office know whether to forward or hold your mail.
- Tell the utility companies if they need to turn off your services.
- Contact your credit card companies and your bank if you lost cards or other important documents in the blaze.
- Give a neighbor instructions for how to reach you, just in case a need arises while you’re away.