The Next Steps After a House Fire
The next steps after a house fire can help you recover more quickly with your family. Some of the steps you can are below:
1. Get Everyone Out Safely
When a fire occurs the first thing you should do is double check with your family that everyone is okay. This includes taking care of any medical needs, finding a safe place for pets, and informing close friends and family what happened and that everyone is okay. Sometimes you may want to find another place for you and your family to stay or for your pets.
2. Contact Your Insurance Company
It’s important to contact your insurance company as soon as you can. Most fire insurance coverage includes repairs and restoration, although it’s a good idea to know what’s in your policy beforehand. (If you have not had a fire damage, use this time to connect with your insurance company and update your policy where it is needed). Your insurance agent may even recommend a fire damage professional who can take care of the cleanup and restoration of your home. Your agent should also be able to help your with the claim process.
3. Get in Touch with a Fire Damage Restoration Company
Most of the time your insurance company does cover repairs and restoration for your home. Sometimes this includes soft contents and sometimes it does not. Soft contents can include:couches, stuffed animals, clothes, shoes, and hats. Make sure smoke damage is a part of the policy as well as that it usually what impacts your soft contents. You should double check with your insurance company on if your policy covers soft contents. Contacting a professional for cleanup may be your best option. These professionals are well versed in every step of the restoration process, and can take care of any cleaning, sanitation and restoration that may be needed.
Also, knowing who your agent is and what office they work at is the first step in knowing an effective plan when you have a house fire.
The right fire restoration team can take care of your damage and repair needs allowing you to focus on your family. Many insurance companies have fire damage restoration professionals they recommend, and your agent should be able to walk you through the steps of your claim.
You can also call the fire damage professionals at SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties at 606-877-2160.