A house fire is a traumatic event that leaves people with mixed emotions. You might feel nervous, worried, scared, upset, wondering what to do next, and how to do it. First, remember to take a deep breath and try to relax, and know that everything will be fine. Then make sure that your family is safe. Once you do that, you will be able to tackle the recovery process of your house and belongings.
When you experience such a tragedy, you need to be prepared. Here are some things you should do and should NOT do, after a fire.
Things to do:
- Review with the authorities as to when it is safe to re-enter the house after the fire.
- Contact your insurance company
- Get the fire report from the fire department
- Hire a fire remediation services company to restore your property
What not to do:
- Don’t try to clean any electrical appliances without consulting an authorized repair professional.
- Do not turn on ceiling fixture as the wiring may be damaged.
- Do not wash walls or painted surfaces.
- Do not clean the carpet or upholstery.
Understanding the essential fire safety prevention tips is a way to minimize the risk of fire in your property while keeping your family safe at all times.
- Create an Escape Plan for your family
Develop a fire escape plan for your family to prevent putting your loved ones at risk during a fire. Consider the entryways and doors that allow access to your property.
In case any family member sleep above the first floor, invest in fire safety ladders that are ready for use once a fire starts. Also, set up test fire drills in your house if you have young children at home.
- Check smoke detectors monthly
Check all the smoke detectors in your home from time to time to verify that the current batteries are working properly. Although smoke detectors are liable, not checking them for an extended period can lead to faulty hardware that is unable to detect smoke or fire.
- Unplug electronics after use
Avoid plugging an excessive number of electronics into one surge protectors. Unplug electronics and kitchen appliance that you don’t use frequently.
- Inspect Your Home’s outlets
Have a professional electrician check all of the outlets throughout your house for improper and faulty wiring. Remember, outlet fires can occur unexpectedly.
- Exercise caution when in the kitchen
Remain self-aware at all the time when cooking or using stove, oven or other cooking appliance. Also, it is better to invest in a small kitchen fire extinguisher.
Implementing basic fire safety prevention tips each day can minimize the risk of uncontrollable fires from occurring. With the proper preparation and a thorough understanding of fire hazards, you will be able to prevent fires from wreaking havoc on your house.
If you or a loved one has experienced a house fire, contact the fire department and also hire a professional fire remediation services company.
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