Wednesday, April 17, 2019

What To Do After A Fire

The unthinkable has happened: you’ve just become the victim of an accidental fire. The smoke has cleared, the fire is out, and the fire department has left… what now?

At Bison Fire Protection our goal is to keep our customers from ever experiencing the personal and financial emergencies that often accompany an unexpected fire, but accidents do happen and our goal is to make sure our customers are as well-informed and prepared as possible.

That’s why today we’re discussing what you need to know if you ever find yourself trying to put the pieces back together after a fire.

Avoid Structural and Safety Hazards

Safety is always the first and most important concern. It’s essential that nobody - including you - goes into the structure after the fire has been extinguished. There may be structural issues, falling debris, or even electrical-safety issues that may not be immediately obvious at first glance.

In addition to structural hazards, it’s also important to consider the health issues that can be caused by smoke inhalation. Family members and others who have respiratory issues may want to consider avoiding staying in the damaged structure once the fire has been totally extinguished. This is because every fire generates particles of incomplete combustion (PICs) that remain present in the air and on surfaces even once the fire is out and can be easily inhaled.

In fact, depending on the severity of the loss, you, your family, and any other building occupants may need to consider leaving the building entirely, even if the fire affected only one part of the building.

The next step is to contact a professional mitigation company involved as soon as possible so the restoration and assessment process can begin. The faster the response, the higher the likelihood that property and possessions can be saved.

How Soon to Act?

One of the first steps to restoring your life (and your sanity) is to work with a professional mitigation company who can help you manage this stressful and challenging time. Unfortunately, many people wait several hours or even days to contact a mitigation company, which can exacerbate damage and make it harder to save valued items.

Need an incentive to act quickly after a fire has been extinguished? Check out this timetable of how quickly damage becomes permanent after a fire:

Within Minutes

Plastic and marble surfaces will begin to permanently stain within minutes, which means if you don’t act quickly areas like kitchen counters, bathroom counters, flooring, and mouldings may become so stained that you have no option but to replace them.

Within Hours

Hours after a fire, metals will begin to tarnish, grout will start to stain, and both fiberglass and furniture will begin to yellow beyond the point of repair.

Within Days

In the days after a fire, fabrics will be damaged beyond repair, flooring will be stained, and wood finishes on furniture, baseboards, and floors will be compromised.

These are just a few examples of why it’s critical to contact a professional mitigation company as soon as possible. The sooner the work of restoration can begin, the sooner you can start living in a healthy environment and keep the losses, damage, and costs associated with fire emergencies to a minimum.

If you live in in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Saskatoon, or Regina and are looking to know more about how to protect your building from fire damage, contact the experts at Bison Fire Protection by calling 866-441-3473 today to schedule an appointment with a fire safety experts.


Posted by Rob Read at 12:38 PM


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