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5 Things to Do After a House Fire

house_fire_2House fires – no matter the size – can do a lot of damage. Even a small kitchen fire can cause extensive smoke damage throughout the house. It’s likely you and your family have a plan of action in case there is a fire – where to meet outside your home, how everyone will escape from various rooms, rules like not reentering the home, and so on. But once everyone is accounted for and the fire is out, then what?

Knowing how to act in case there is a fire in your Redmond home will help you and your family find your new normal much sooner than wading slowly through an unknown process. This is also one reason having a good restoration company on your side, like Pioneer Restoration, is key – because our team will walk through the restoration process with you every step of the way, and work directly with your insurance carrier and adjuster to repair your home.

Let’s take a look at some things you should keep in mind in case of a fire.

Call a restoration company you trust – like Pioneer Restoration.

You do not need to wait to hear from your insurance company to get the restoration process started. Once the fire department clears and releases the scene, technicians can step in to begin drying out your home from all the water used to put out the flames, and taking care of other damage. That could mean boxing up items to be cleaned and restored, getting air scrubbers and hydroxyl machines running to start tackling smoke odors, and determining the scope of the entire project to know just how much damage there is – and what the restoration process will look like.

Find your vital documents.

If you have a firebox in your home, and your home is safe to enter, it is a good idea to collect your vital documents as quickly as possible. If your documents were lost in the fire, make a list of documents you will need to request from various agencies over the next few weeks – like birth certificates, social security cards, wills, tax records, and so on.

If your home is uninhabitable, be prepared to stay elsewhere for a while.

That could mean staying with family in the area, finding a temporary apartment or rental house, or even staying in an extended stay hotel. Just like the restoration will likely be covered by your insurance policy, your temporary housing will also likely be covered. Find somewhere where you will be comfortable and feel safe! Fires are traumatic enough, and having to stay somewhere strange without many of your belongings can compact negative feelings.

Check in with your children or other family members affected by the fire often.

If you have small children and they seem to be struggling with fear after the fire, it may be a good idea to set up a few appointments with a local counselor to give them a safe place to talk about the trauma of the fire.

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