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  • It is essential that you refrain from entering the house immediately after the fire, even though you may be strongly tempted to do so. Material within the house may still be burning, and damaged structures can collapse easily. Obtain permission from a qualified professional before entering a fire-damaged structure. DO NOT DISCARD ANY ITEMS  from the home or business, following the loss, until instructed to do so by your insurance carrier.
  • Wear protective gear when entering a home that has been severely damaged by fire, as many materials become toxic or corrosive when they burn. (Protective gear can include thick clothing, boots, respiratory masks, goggles and gloves)
  • Open the windows to ventilate dangerous gases from the house, if possible.
  • ONLY operate electrical appliances after a fire expert declares it safe to do so.• Contact your insurance company and inform them of the fire. They will require a description of the damages and will typically dispatch a claims adjuster to inspect the house.
  • Take photographs of the areas that have been damaged by fire before making any repairs.
  • Make a list of any items that were destroyed by the fire.
  • Fire and smoke restoration requires specific expertise that only specially trained professionals should perform.
  • Do not prolong the restoration of a fire-damaged property as this may increase the damages incurred by the exposure to fire and smoke when neutralization, corrosion control and proper cleaning is delayed.

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