What to do After a Fire
You had a fire in your home or business and are unsure of what to do next. You may ask yourself questions such as "Who do I call? What do I do?"
Thank you to our good friends at the City of Conroe Fire Department, they provided us a checklist for the steps you should take after a fire.
Here are the steps to follow after a fire in your home:
- Contact your local disaster relief service, such as the Red Cross. They will help you find a place to stay for awhile and find food, medicines, and other important things.
- If you have insurance, contact your insurance company. Ask what you should do to keep your home safe until it is repaired. Find out how they want you to make a list of things that were lost or damaged in the fire.
- Check with the fire department to make sure your home is safe to enter. Be very careful when you go inside. Floors and walls may not be as safe as they look.
- The fire department will tell you if your utilities (water, electricity, and gas) are safe to use. If not, they will shut these off before they leave. DO NOT try to turn them back on by yourself. This could be very dangerous.
- Contact your landlord or mortgage company about the fire.
- Try to find valuable documents and records. See the information in this brochure about how to get new copies if you need them.
- If you leave your home, call the local police department to let them know the site will be vacant.
- Begin saving receipts for any money you spend related to fire loss. The receipts may be needed later by the insurance company and to prove any losses claimed on your income tax.
- Check with an accountant or the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) about special benefits for people recovering from fire loss.
Please know that SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia and Cleveland can assist you in your fire or smoke restoration needs. You can call us 24/7 to our main office number. We are available around the clock, every day of the year.
For more information or tips on fire safety, please visit http://www.cityofconroe.org/departments/fire-department-home-page/public-awareness.