What To Do After Fire Erupts in Your House

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The US fire department responds to an estimated 354,400 house fires on average per year. House fires can start for a number of reasons ranging from cooking mishaps to electrical damage and even arson.

House fires are devastating and lead to an exuberant amount of damage. It's important that homeowners know what to do after fire damage has wreaked havoc in their homes.

When it comes to dealing with fire damage, you need to know how to react in the immediate moments after the fire begins and what to do over the course of the coming months.

Read on to find out what to do in the aftermath of a house fire.

Get Clearance from the Fire Department

Of course, the first step is to call in the fire department so that first responders can deal with the immediate need of putting out the fire. However, this is not the only time you will need to interact with your local fire department.

It may take some time after the fire is doused before it is safe to reenter your home. Before doing so, have the fire department perform an inspection and only enter when they say that it is safe to do so.

Call Utility Providers

After a house fire, you need to give notice to all of your utility providers. Not only is it imperative that they shut off any gas or electricity, but they also need to know what damage has been done to any related structures within your home. Once again, you will need to get clearance before using any utilities.

Begin Your Home Insurance Claim

You should file your insurance claim as soon as possible and pressure the company to act right away. If you need assistance purchasing essentials while staying somewhere else, ask for an advance and use it wisely. 

Make sure that you document everything from structural damage to your home to any property that was lost. Don't begin cleaning things up until your claims adjuster has arrived. They need to see just how bad the damage is so that you can receive the money that you deserve. 

Call Disaster Repair Professionals

Once you have taken care of the first three steps and you're ready to start the repair process, it's time to call disaster repair professionals. This is not a job for laymen, as a house ravaged by fire damage is not a safe place to be without knowing what you're dealing with. Your insurance will help you cover the cost of your professional disaster cleanup.

Know What to Do After Fire in Your Home

If you are a homeowner, it is crucial that you know what to do after fire damage affects your home. Even if you don't live in a high fire risk area, your home could still catch fire for a variety of reasons.

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