Truths of the Fire Restoration Process and How Emergency Prep Can Impact the Outcome

Are you prepared in the event of a fire? It can change the fire restoration process.

fire restoration processIf you’re facing fire restoration it actually means two things: 1) you survived! and 2) your home is not a total loss. Demolition is worse than restoration. Fire is one of the scariest, most devastating, and panic-inducing events in life, no one wants to experience a fire in their home. The question is, can emergency preparedness impact the outcome? Fires aren’t like bad weather that can be predicted, it can come strong and fast with little time to react. And the aftermath can create the need for extensive repair and restoration.

What you need is a guide to emergency preparation and an understanding of how it can impact the outcome of a fire when it comes to restoration. Here are some truths about fire restoration and emergency preparedness.

Prepare Yourself and Your Family

Having a plan in place in case of a fire will help you and your family be prepared. Every family member should know at least 2 routes they can escape from any given room. Learning how to crawl when there is smoke to prevent smoke inhalation and distress is key. And learning the time-tested method of stop, drop, and roll should your clothes catch on fire can save a life. Being prepared to get out of the house if there’s a fire is the best way to protect your family and yourself, because if anyone in your family is injured, restoration is the last thing on your mind.

Prepare Your Home

It’s hard to prepare your house for a fire. It’s not like you can put a fire-safe wall around your home or fill it with fireproof concrete furniture. But what you can do is install proper detection devices such as smoke alarms. In a house fire you and your family could have as little as a few minutes to escape.

A functioning smoke alarm could save your life and and the lives of your family members and pets. How does this factor into restoration? The sooner you’re alerted to a fire, and the sooner you can get to safety, the sooner emergency personnel and firefighters will be on scene to extinguish the fire. The sooner they get there, the chances of the fire doing total damage and devastation goes down.

An Ounce of Prevention

Some simple preventative measures can reduce the chances of fire in your home. Not having a fire in the first place is the best way to change the outcome of your need for fire restoration. Some simple tips include:

  • Don’t leave your food unattended while cooking.
  • Move barbecue grills at least 10 feet away from any structure or wood furniture, decks, railings, trees, or overhangs, including branches.
  • Don’t smoke cigarettes inside your home. If you do, be sure they are extinguished before you leave the room. And never smoke in bed!
  • Be careful with space heaters. Keep furniture and anything combustable at least 3 feet away.
  • Use wood fireplaces with care. Have the chimney and flu cleaned regularly, don’t burn paper or trash, and use a fireplace screen to prevent embers or flying sparks from igniting something in the room.
  • Use caution when using candles and be thoughtful with their placement.
  • Keep liquids and cleaners that are combustable away from heat sources such as water heaters and furnaces.

The best way to prevent the need for fire restoration is by preventing a fire in the first place. Emergency preparedness can help you prevent a fire or at least minimize the damage.

In the event of a fire in your home, you will need professional restoration experts to help you repair the damage. Contact Can-Restore for help with the fire restoration process by calling (770) 400-9018.