We hope you never experience a fire in your home, but unfortunately, this type of disaster is inevitable for some of us. Being prepared and knowing what to do can help you minimize the damage and protect yourself in the event that it happens to you.

After such a traumatic and overwhelming event, it’s natural to feel a rush of emotions and the urge to act quickly. However, it’s crucial to approach the situation with logic and caution. Acting impulsively can not only put you in danger but also risk further damage to your property. After a home fire, take a moment to breathe, call the authorities, contact your insurance company, and follow their instructions. Importantly, make sure to avoid the following actions:

Do Not Re-enter the House
Until the fire marshal or another qualified expert has given the all-clear, stay out of your home. Re-entering prematurely can be hazardous due to structural damage or lingering smoke.

Do Not Touch Anything
Your instinct might be to start salvaging items, but avoid touching anything. The oils on your hands can cause soot to permanently set into fabrics and surfaces. If you must move items, cover your hands to prevent contact.

Do Not Wash Walls or Carpets
We understand the urge to begin cleaning immediately. However, using improper cleaning methods on soot-covered walls or carpets can exacerbate the damage. Contact us first for guidance on the best cleanup practices.

Do Not Turn On Lights
If your ceilings or walls are wet, turning on lights can be particularly dangerous due to potential damage to the electrical wiring. Avoid using any electrical appliances until they have been inspected.

Do Not Clean Electrical Appliances
Refrain from cleaning appliances, computers, or handheld devices that were near the fire, heat, or water. Instead, contact a repair service to inspect and handle them properly.

Do Not Wash Your Clothes
It might be tempting to wash smoke-damaged clothes, but doing so incorrectly can cause the odor to set permanently. Wait for professional advice on how to handle smoke-damaged textiles.

Do Not Eat the Food
Any food exposed to heat, smoke, or soot could be contaminated or spoiled. Discard anything that might have been affected to avoid health risks.

In the aftermath of a home fire, it’s important to proceed with caution and seek expert advice. Let us be your point of contact during this challenging time. Call us for professional guidance and support, and we’ll help you navigate the recovery process safely and effectively, ensuring your life returns to normal as smoothly as possible.