After a Fire in a Commercial Building
A fire is a devastating incident, and you may feel overwhelmed if your business has been affected by fire or smoke damage. Once the Fire Department has left, here are some initial key steps you should take in the aftermath of a fire to ensure that your business is up and running again as quickly as possible.
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. The fire department might turn off some or all of the utilities; but if not, contact the utility companies to turn off the utilities.
Stay Away from the Damage
While you may be tempted to start repairing objects that were 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 light fixtures if the walls or ceiling are wet
- Keep your hands clean to avoid spreading soot particles
- Refrain from cleaning damaged electronics
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.