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    After the Fire

    Unexpected Fire Can Catch You Off Guard

    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 partial or total destruction and repairs to complete after the fire is out.

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.

Fires Causing Injuries

Many fires happen in structures not owned by the occupants such as renters, hotel and motel guests, workers at their place of employment, and retail establishment patrons. Sudden fires in these types of buildings can cause a panic and injuries among people trying to flee to a safe area. In more serious cases, smoke inhalation and serious burns can result in long-term medical care. Compensation for these cases are usually resolved by a burn injury lawyer.

Begin 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.