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What to Do After a Fire in Your Home

Checklist for What to Do After a House Fire

We all have those moments where we have to think twice if we blew out the candle we had lit? Or if you turned off the stove after cooking? Are you sure you turned off the curling iron or your straightener? These are some questions that we ask ourselves. We can try our best to be as careful as possible but unfortunately accidents do happen. When a house fire happens, it may take you a while to get over your losses. It can become very emotionally draining but there are things that can make the recovery process a bit easier.

When it comes to any accident, safety is the most important thing. In a house fire you may be tempted to run back inside to save some of your belongings. However, this is something you should not do, ever. Fire fighters and emergency responders will be the ones who tell you if it’s safe or not to enter the premise. Nothing is worth risking your life over.

Here are some priorities to remember if you have experienced a house fire:

  • Do not run inside the building: this may be a first impulse, but it is important to is stay away until the Fire Department has declared the building safe.
  • Find a place to stay: you will need to think about where you will stay and how many people you need to provide a place for.
  • Contact the police station: let them know that you are vacating your property to minimize the chances of looters or squatters showing up.
  • Call your utility provider: ask your utility provider if they can shut down the gas, water, and electric to your home to prevent further damage or danger.
  • Contact your insurance provider: you will want to begin communicating the situation they can begin processing your claim.
  • Take photographs of the building and fire damage: try to document what you can remembering to stay away from the building until the Fire Department declares it safe
  • Start replacing essential documents: begin the process of replacing your driver's license, birth certificates, marriage certificates, etc.
  • Get a copy of the Fire Report: the Fire Department will be able to provide you with either the official information about the incident or a source where you can acquire it.
  • Contact a fire restoration company: to begin the process of cleaning up your property, a fire damage restoration company will be able to give you all the advice and resources you need.

At Idaho Fire and Flood, we work first hand with your insurance company to make it a little easier on you. We understand all the devastating circumstances that have happened, and we will try our best to make sure the recovery process is as smooth as it can be. At Idaho Fire and Flood, our customers are our main priority and we make sure they are satisfied after our services. If you experience a house fire give us a call today. Our professional staff has the experience and knowledge to get the job done and get it done right the first time. We will make sure you are taken care of.