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A Few Helpful Steps To Take After A Commercial Fire

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

A fire is a devastating incident, and you may feel overwhelmed if your business has been affected by fire damage. These are some initial key steps you should take in the aftermath of a fire in order to ensure that your business is up and running again as seamlessly as possible. 

Stay Away From Damage

While you may be tempted to try to start to repair objects that have been damaged by the fire, it is best not to touch any damaged items in your business. Take the following precautions when surveying the effects of the fire:

  • Avoid washing walls or painted surfaces
  • Do not turn on lighting fixtures if walls or ceiling are wet
  • Keep your hands clean to avoid spreading soot particles
  • Refrain from cleaning damaged electronics

Call Your Insurance Company

Make sure to call your insurance company as soon as possible to report the fire damage. The faster you inform them of your loss, the faster you can focus on the restoration and the less likely you are to miss important deadlines. Taking care of the logistics after an incident can help you be well informed during a stressful situation.

Turn off Utilities

Until help arrives, it is crucial to do what you can to minimize further damage. Only if it is safe, turn off all the utilities in your building, including gas, electricity and water. You can shut off the water at the main valve and turn off gas and electricity at the meter. Once you’ve done this, refrain from using any utilities until a professional has inspected them properly.

Whether you need smoke cleaning services, water removal or reconstruction from firefighting efforts, SERVPRO of McKinney can help conduct a fire damage assessment and help beginning to bring your business back to normal. Call our office at 469-714-4955 and we will be happy to help. 

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