How often does a house fire really occur? According to the National Fire Protection Organization, an estimated 358,500 home fires occur every year. 50% of these fires start in the kitchen, 7% begin in the bedroom, and 6% are chimney fires, 4% of all residential home fires start in the living room, while 3% start from the laundry room. Now that we tossed the facts at you do you if you find yourself in this very unfortunate situation? RE Davis Builders has 30 years in fire remediation experience, we are here to help you rebuild and come back home.
What to Do After a House Fire
After the fire has been put out you will want to go inside and get a good look at the extent of the damage. Before re-entering the home get permission from the Fire Department. You want to make sure there is not structural damage. When you have been given the green light to re-enter the home you will need to gather any valuables and paperwork you can find. Once you have these important papers you will have a better idea where to start.
First task will be to find a place to stay. If the home is not safe consider reaching out to friends and/or family. From here in time you can set up a temporary residence. Be patient with yourself as a house fire can be a very traumatic experience no matter how big or little.
Focus on your family and pets first helping everyone adjust will bring you back a sense of control.
Check with the Fire Department to for guidance on the utilities (electric, gas, water) what needs to be turned off?
Call your Homeowners Insurance. They will provide you with detailed steps to start the process of rebuilding your home. When you can you will want to start your home valuable documentation process. Burnt up or not you will want to start photographing the items in your home that need to be replaced.
Call your local General Contractor at RE Davis Builders. We will help you work with your Insurance Adjuster making sure all the costs are covered for your home. 910-426-1800