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What Should You Not Do After a House Fire?

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

What Not to Do After a House Fire

One of the most unfortunate events a homeowner can endure is a house fire. Whether the blaze was big or small, it’s not something that can be taken lightly. And although you may feel inclined to enter your home after the incident and begin picking up the pieces, you should avoid doing that at all costs.

The Long Island fire damage and restoration professionals at SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury share a few suggestions of actions you should not take immediately after a house fire.

Do Not Re-Enter the Home

You mustn’t re-enter your home until your local fire authorities have declared that it is safe. For instance, although your humble abode may appear fine on the outside, there could be hidden structural damage on the inside — and one wrong move could lead to a very dangerous situation. Another thing to consider is that there may be asbestos contamination unbeknownst to you. Regardless, avoid going back into your home until the coast is clear.

Do Not Turn on Utilities

Even if it appears the fire caused minor damage, do not turn on the gas, water, electricity, or other utilities in your home until you’ve received the “green light” from the Fire Marshal. For example, since you will not know the extent of damage caused to your home’s electrical system at first glance, it could spark another fire or create another dangerous situation should you turn it on without having it inspected by authorities.

Do Not Clean the Damage Yourself

Once you’ve contacted your insurance company and the Fire Marshall has stated that you can re-enter your home, do not start cleaning the damage yourself. While it may seem simple at first glance, it can be much more dangerous than what meets the eye. For instance, fires bring along a variety of hazards — sharp objects and broken glass, to name a few — and without the proper tools and techniques, you could injure yourself.

Another important thing to consider is that a professional fire damage repair and restoration company will be able to restore a multitude of items. From flooring to furnishings, a team of experts will be able to assess the damage to each item properly and, in most cases, revive them as if nothing had happened in the first place.

Fire Damage Repair and Restoration Services in Nassau County

Locally owned and operated, SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury is a trusted leader in the restoration industry. We understand how devastating a fire of any size can be and only employ the utmost empathy before, during, and after the process. If your Nassau County property has sustained fire damage, call us at (516) 334-2927.

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