On average, there are 358,500 house fires per year across the United States. Once the flames are put out, you will want to assess the damages for yourself. First, find out from your local fire marshal if it is safe for you to return to your home or business. Second, call Dry Kings Restoration as soon as possible to help with fire damage restoration, so that we can help you get back to your normal life.
Most people want to begin cleaning at the fire damaged property as soon as possible. Once you are allowed to enter the property to see for yourself the amount of damages, there are some dos and don'ts you will want to consider.
Fire Damage “Dos”
Do begin by ventilating the structure as best as possible. Open all your windows and doors and let your home or business air out as much as possible before proceeding to clean up after a fire. If there is not enough ventilation, you’ll want to bring a fan to help move air and clean out the space. This will help with lingering smokey smells, and any other harmful particles in the air can be removed from the space, making it safer for you to investigate.
Do wear a mask, goggles and protective clothing and shoe wear. This will help to safeguard yourself from soot, ash and harmful inhalants as you enter the structure after a fire. Your safety is of the utmost concern, even though the fire may be extinguished there are parts of the building that can be damaging to your eyes, skin and lungs.
Do cover and protect items that are not affected by the fire. Move these items that are not affected to a central location and cover to prevent damage from clean up efforts. This will help you categorize and organize your clean-up efforts and know where the most work is needed, and protect what is still in good condition.
Do call fire damage experts as soon as possible. The sooner you call Dry Kings after a fire, the sooner we can help you start to restore and rebuild the damages.
Fire Damage “Don’ts”
Don’t touch or use electrical outlets or cords. Even if the outlet looks undamaged, it could be connected to another damaged area that could be dangerous for you to use. It is best to let professionals handle electricity after a fire to make sure it is safe before you use it.
Don’t eat food that is in the house at the time of the fire. Most edible items should be disposed of after a fire, there is a risk that you can ingest smoke or chemical damaged foods.
Call the Fire Damage Experts at Dry Kings Today
It’s a scary time to have your home or business be enveloped in flames, and then the process of cleaning and recovering can be daunting. Leave it to the experts! We at Dry Kings are here to help you every step of the way. Call us today at 415-877-9611, so we can get started on restoring your structure to working order.