What's Next?

After the Fire

Fire Restoration and Prevention

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Many fires begin in the backyard when caution is not taken.

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Smoke detectors can save lives during a house fire.

Restore and Protect Your House

A fire can happen anywhere if the right conditions exist. The most devastating fires are wildfires accompanied by high winds. With these conditions, it’s nearly impossible to put out the fire in a short period of time to save property. However, most fires are smaller and confined to a limited area where there is a good chance of it being extinguished quickly. No matter how big a fire is, there will be damage done and repairs to complete after the fire.

Outdoor Fires

Fires that start outdoors can happen from things like overgrown grass and brush near a structure or a backyard barbeque or fire pit getting out of control. After an outdoor fire, restoration efforts may be as simple as replacing a section of a fence, watering landscaping, or repainting smoke-covered patio posts. In more severe cases, fire restoration may involve replacing melted vinyl windows, rebuilding a patio, or rebuilding sheds.

House Fires

After a house fire, a home may not be in livable condition. Electrical wiring may be melted, window panes could be broken, and natural gas connections may be jeopardized and unsafe. After experiencing a house fire, shut off the utilities at the gas and water meters, and at the electrical panel. Then board up any burned doors and windows. If there is any signs of structural damage to supporting beams or wall studs, do not enter the house.

The Restoration Process

The first thing that should happen after the fire is extinguished by the fire department is to call your insurance agent to file a claim. The claims adjustor will inspect the fire damage and prepare a settlement that will restore your home back to its former condition. Review the settlement before accepting it with your signature to make sure nothing has been missed. If everything is in order, your fire restoration project can begin.

Fire Prevention

Anyone who experiences having their house burned in a fire should be more conscious about fire prevention. There are lots of ways to prevent or at least minimalize a house fire. After a fire, get a copy of the fire inspector’s report on how the fire in your house started and how it could have been prevented. Next, there are plenty of sites on the Internet with good advice on fire prevention techniques.

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Many house fires begin in the kitchen while cooking food on gas stoves and ovens.

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Fire damage restoration sometimes includes a complete renovation with upgrades.