House fires can be devastating and often leave homeowners at a loss for what to do next. At S.T.O.P. Restoration Albuquerque, we aim to provide our clients with all the information they need before, during, and after a disaster. Here are a few steps you can take to ensure your safety after a house fire.
Check with the Authorities
After the fire has been put out, consult the fire professionals if it's safe to enter or if the site is still hazardous. While the flames may be gone, smoke, soot, and ash can harm your lungs and irritate your eyes. The structure itself can also be a hazard as fire damage can seriously weaken your home's framing and support system. If you are allowed inside, be sure not to turn on any of your water or electrical systems without approval, as this may lead to further property damage.
Get in Contact with Your Insurance Provider
As soon as the dust has settled, it's in your best interest to contact your insurance agent, so you can begin filing a claim for your losses. In this call, you can discuss the restoration process, assess your deductible amount, and discuss a timeline for the next steps to take. S.T.O.P. Restoration is always willing to work with your insurance provider to make this process as painless as possible and get you back into a safe home or business.
Secure Your Building
If you must leave your property, make sure it's secured. The last thing you want after a disaster is looting or vandals to make matters worse. By boarding up open spaces and sealing holes as best you can, your property can remain secure until it's time to rebuild. Temporary fences and caution tape can also deter future incidents.
Seek Out Help
In most cases, you probably have access to a local disaster relief center where you can find a place to stay and get basic necessities. Your public health department or the American Red Cross both offer resources for homeowners who need shelter.
Contact Your Restoration Experts
Throughout all of these steps, S.T.O.P. Restoration is here to help you. The sooner you contact us after your disaster, the faster we can get you back in a fully restored home. Our team helps clients with insurance claims, board up services, water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, and smoke damage restoration. For expert services 24/7, call us at (505) 207-2930.