Fire is one of the most devastating disasters a person or business can experience. It destroys lives and property, and its impact reaches far beyond the physical destruction to the health, psychological, and financial well-being of people and communities.
The first thing a property owner needs to do when a fire occurs is ensure that all occupants are safely evacuated from the building. Then they should contact their insurance agent to begin the claim process and verify coverage. It’s also important for property owners to document any items they have lost or damaged so that they can be reimbursed for them by their insurance company.
Once the insurance agency has verified the details of the damage and contacted their clients, they will send a team to perform a fire and smoke damage assessment. This inspection is vital to determine the extent of the damage and what needs to be done to restore the structure to its pre-fire condition.
It’s important to note that there are different levels of Fire damage, and the assessment will depend on how severe the fire was, whether it reached multiple areas of the structure and what was used to put out the flames. For example, a house fire that starts in the kitchen could cause drywall to collapse and ceilings to buckle due to excessive heat. It could also affect wiring and plumbing in the wall cavities. Depending on the severity of the damage, it may be necessary to remove and replace the roof and other parts of the structure.
After the inspection, the fire restoration company will be able to provide their clients with repair estimates and recommendations for cleaning up or restoring salvageable items. They will also make sure that the home or business has been secured to prevent further damage from weather and vandalism. This includes installing fences, removing debris and boarding up openings in the walls or roof of the building.
The most common causes of house and commercial fires include candles, cooking, smoking, overheated appliances, and electrical outlets with frayed wiring. It’s essential to have regular maintenance checks of all appliances and to snuff out candles, turn off ovens and unplug toasters before leaving the house. This will help to prevent accidents that can lead to a fire and potentially save lives and property.
It’s critical that no one re-enters a building until the fire department has declared it safe. If a person or business does enter, they should stay on the main floor of the building and not go upstairs until a professional has assessed the safety of the structure. It’s also important to not use any utilities until the fire restoration company has given the green light.