Staying Safe While Inspecting Your Home After Fire Damage
There is no doubt that any fire in the home causes a lot of physical and emotional damage. Families wait on edge while watching firefighters work around the clock to put out the flames engulfing their home. When the fire has stopped and the firemen have left many people have the urge to go in and see the extent of damage done to their property. However, you should know that even though the flames may be extinguished there are still many hazards when entering your home after a fire. Before going through your home after a fire be sure to take the following steps to keep yourself safe during your post-fire damage inspection.
A big safety issue when trying to inspect a home after fire damage is the weakened structure of the building. When fires occur they tear through buildings and burn up many important structural features of the home. Even if a floor or wall looks stable it can actually be on the verge of collapsing. When going through your home make sure to avoid any potential weakened walls and floors. In almost every case you should have a professional come out to check the stability of your home before you go through the building on your own.
Damaged Power Lines
A fire can also extend to damages outside of your home, such as taking down power line poles. If these power lines go down it is important to make sure that they are taken care of by the proper authorities. Power lines that are not taken care of can result in people getting shocked, or start additional fires. Before entering your home to check out damages, make sure that the power lines are safely secured or that power is turned off.
After making sure that the building is structurally stable as well as checking for dangerous power lines you can then begin the process of safely entering your home. However, you should wear proper safety gear when examining your home. You should wear clothing that is susceptible to high temperatures, or preferably fire retardant clothes, including boots. This is because even after the fire has been put out in the home many piles of ash and soot remain very hot and can still burn you or even catch fire again. In addition to fire retardant clothing, people should also wear a mask to prevent the inhalation of soot, ash, and smoke. Being cautious about breathing is especially important for people who are sensitive to allergies or asthma.
After a fire ends it is important to realize that your home can be struck with many dangerous hazards. If you have fire or smoke damage, call Restoration Local 24/7 at 1-888-443-3110 for a free estimate. We will analyze the extent of damage to your property and to identify potential dangers that remain from the fire damage.