Some of the things to do when fire strikes your Lititz, PA, home would probably be considered “no brainers” to the average homeowner. Of course, you’re going to call 911. Of course, you’re going to get out of the home and away from the fire. And, of course, you’re going to start thinking about what comes next. But, in the actual moments during and after a fire, sometimes all of those “of courses” go right up in smoke. All you need to remember is to be safe, call 911, and, after the fire is extinguished, contact the fire damage repair experts at ServiceMaster Fire and Water Clean Up.
First and foremost, resist the urge to survey your property on your own. Unless you also work as a volunteer fireman, there’s a very good chance you don’t have the proper equipment to keep you safe. Even if you’re not concerned about structural integrity, the nature of fire damage means you might be inhaling soot. Plus, although the fire may appear to be out, there’s always the chance it’s still burning somewhere out of sight. Even if it’s completely safe, once the fire damage has already occurred, walking around on top of the debris and ash could drive it deeper into your floors and carpets which will make the recovery process even longer. Basically, leave these steps to the professionals.
Once you’re out of the danger area take stock of your belongings. If you know that certain vital documents were lost, make a rough list to get you started. This could be birth certificates, passports, credit cards, or anything else that you’ll need to have reissued. Having this information on hand will be great once the fire damage repair process begins. Once you have a short list, prepare to contact your insurance agency and mortgage provider. You don’t need to make a comprehensive list of losses at this very moment, but you should still be alerting all of the companies involved.
And, of course, after you’ve called 911, call your local fire damage repair specialists and learn where to go from there. ServiceMaster Fire and Water Clean Up can not only guide you on what to do next, we’ll personally begin assisting you on each step of the way. Experiencing major fire damage can be terrifying and confusing. Having a group you can rely on will make the journey less overwhelming. If you’re a resident in Lititz, PA, who needs assistance with fire damage repair, contact ServiceMaster Fire and Water Clean Up at (717) 299-2261, or visit our website here.