What to Do after a House Fire

house fireAmong the most destructive of forces in our world, fire can cause terrible damage to your home, your personal life, and even you or a member of your family. Certainly, it can seem that dealing with the aftermath of a disaster and its related business, like fire damage restoration, can be almost as stressful and troubling as the disaster itself. However, things like water and fire restoration can be simplified if you have a reliable list of measures to follow. The focus of this article will be on what homeowners should do after a house fire. Keep in mind that these instructions do not focus on the emergency situation itself, but dealing with its aftermath. We would like to share expert information on this topic with you, courtesy of the US Fire Administration, a specialized agency within FEMA:
  1. If necessary, contact the Red Cross or another disaster relief organization for help finding a place to live temporarily, as well as access to food, water, medicine and any other immediate needs that have been compromised.
  2. Check with the local fire department to determine if it is safe to enter your home. Do not use any utilities, like water or electricity, unless they have been deemed safe for use. If you are able to go inside, be sure to obtain valuable documents, such as your social security card.
  3. Contact your insurance company. They will make the claim process simple for you by asking a series of questions about the date and time of the fire, a list of damages to the home, and a list of valuable possessions that may have been damaged as well. Be sure to ask them how to keep your home safe before it is repaired.
  4. Contact your mortgage company, property manager, or landlord, and tell them about the event as well as the steps you have taken with your insurance company.
  5. Inform the local police about the fire, and let them know that your property is vulnerable. This is especially important if you will not be living on the property while it is being repaired.
  6. Start saving receipts of all purchases you make related to the fire, such as replacing medicine. These will be needed to successfully file a claim with your insurance company.
  7. Contact the IRS for information on special benefits you may be entitled to as the victim of a fire.
  8. Finally, be sure to contact a reliable, professional, and trustworthy water and fire restoration company to begin assessing and repairing the damages. These experts in fire damage repair can work to turn your property back into a livable, safe, and comfortable home environment.
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