No one expects or wants a fire to damage their home, but disaster can strike when you least expect.  PHC Restoration wants to pass along the following information from FEMA of what to do if you experience fire damage to your home.

While the flames from a fire can torch and burn everything in its path, smoke, heat and water can also do a substantial amount of damage to both your home and personal property. Anything you might want to save or re-use will need to be professionally cleaned and deodorized to remove the soot, smoke and odor. Firefighters often have to cut holes in walls, ceilings and roofs to look for any hidden flames or to let out the smoke and heat; therefore, cleanup will take time and patience.

It is important to remember to use caution when re-entering your home after it has sustained fire damage. The soot and dirty water left behind could contain substances that could make you sick. Ask the advice of the fire department, local building officials, or your fire restoration specialist before starting to remove personal property, to clean or to make repairs yourself.

After the fire, FEMA and the U.S. Fire Administration recommend you:

  • take care of yourself and your family
  • find a safe place to live temporarily–contact the American Red Cross or Salvation Army if you need help finding a place to stay
  • find a safe place for your pets to stay while you are out of your home
  • the fire department will disconnect water, electricity, and gas if they are not safe–do not try to turn them back on
  • contact your insurance agent
  • contact a restoration company that specializes in fire restoration and contents cleaning–you can get names from your insurance company, the internet or the phone book–remember to do your research; ask for references or check the company’s credentials.

If you have experienced fire or smoke damage to your home and have any questions, please feel free to contact PHC Restoration. We have over 40 years of experience in fire and smoke restoration and are here for you if you need us.