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Fire Contamination – Tips

What should I do after a fire?

Fire is the rapid oxidation of a material in the chemical process of combustion, releasing heat and various reaction products.

Fire can cause consequent damage and it usually results to smoke and odour contamination. It can become a deadly health hazard; this is why it is very important to clean all the surfaces as well as the contents meticulously.

Juvenaire specialises in Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration. After any fire damage, your primary focus is your safety. It is crucial to make sure you are not putting yourself and your family in danger.

We have prepared some simple tips to follow in case an unfortunate disaster such as a fire occurs within your home or business.

Is it safe to stay in your house?
Emergency Services will advise you if it is safe to enter your house. Occupants suffering from respiratory or breathing issues (Asthma) should not be entering the building until cleaned and decontaminated.

Insurance
If you are insured, it is essential that you inform your insurance company or broker of the incident and the losses. Proceed to an inventory of damaged areas of your property and list all your impaired personal belongings. We recommend you to take as many pictures as possible.

It is very important to coordinate with your insurance before taking any initiatives or arranging for any services.

Electricity & Contents
All the utilities need to be checked to determine if they are safe to use or need to be disconnected. DO NOT attempt to (re)connect devices yourself!
Also, be aware that electricity, water or gas can be damaged or disconnected by Emergency Services or the providers.

Secure your property
Once the emergency crew finishes their work, it will be the owner’s responsibility to protect the property from robbery and vandalism. You may want to consider hiring a professional that provides temporary fencing or security.

Clean-up
Smoke and soot residue cause more damage than what we can see with the naked eye. These substances are very dangerous for one’s health and can penetrate walls, carpet, curtains, clothing etc.

It is important to engage a professional restoration and cleaning company such as Juvenaire to assist with the cleaning, salvage and removal of affected objects and materials.

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