Safety should be your number one priority in the aftermath of a fire. Once the flames have been put out, there are crucial tips to keep in mind to ensure no further injuries or damage are caused in regards to the property. While every situation is different, and you should always listen to professional advice regarding your particular property, these general tips can help you navigate your way through. Since we’re a family-owned business, we at L.C.B.S. understand your desire to return life to normal, and by following these tips, you’ll be one step closer to getting there.
Stay Out of the Building Until It’s Safe
While this may seem obvious, you might feel an impulse to go back inside to see what you can salvage. However, you must wait for a professional to assess the property and make sure it’s structurally safe to go back inside. It’s also important that the air is safe to breath, due to the many irritants from smoke particles that will be left behind. Professionals wear protective gear that eliminates the risk of inhaling these potentially harmful particles. Always wait until you get the all-clear before setting foot inside your building.
Wear Any Safety Gear Required
So you’ve gotten the okay from the fire marshall. If it’s recommended for you to don safety gear, such as a respiratory mask, follow these requirements and don’t take it off while you’re inside of the building. Inhaling smoke-contaminated air can cause throat and lung irritation and even illness. Safety goggles and proper footwear may also be an essential.
Consider the Emotional Aspect
Being inside your home after a fire has ravaged through it can be extremely upsetting. Walking through your fire damaged kitchen or living room can be heart-breaking. It’s recommended to mentally protect yourself and prepare for what you will see beforehand. Try to have a friend or family member go with you so that you don’t have to face the situation alone.
Stay Out of Dangerous Areas
Some areas of the building, such as the flash point of the fire, may be too damaged for you to enter. This could be due to structural problems or even water damage from the fire extinguishing efforts. Usually, these areas are clearly marked by the fire department or the restoration company. Don’t risk your safety by attempting to enter these areas. You can, however, talk to the professionals handling the restoration to see why that area is off-limits and if that will eventually change.
At LaPointe Construction Board-Up Service, we aim to lessen the anxiety you’re facing in any way we can. As a family-owned business, we understand that you want to get on with your life and put the stress of the emergency behind you. Our services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist you whenever you need us in the wake of a fire, a storm, or other emergencies. Call us today at 978-447-5991. Also be sure to visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LaPointeConstruction for more information regarding fire damage reconstruction and renovation.