A home fire is an incredibly stressful and damaging experience. However, you can take some relief in the fact that the worst part of the process is behind you. However, fire recovery is a careful process that requires the skill of a professional, as well as yourself. What a homeowner does in the moments and days after a fire will determine how well the restoration process goes. Learn some of the things you should not do to protect your home
Keep Electronics Off
Electrical safety concerns are heightened after a home fire. As a result of the fire, you don't know if some of the wiring has been damaged, and if you used sprinklers to fight the flames, there is the possibility of water damage.
You should never turn on an electronic device that was located in the same room as the fire. If you do, you could be electrocuted, or you could cause another fire. As an added precaution, if the fire was large, don't use any of the electronic devices that were located anywhere near the blaze, even those items from the surrounding rooms.
Don't Try to Remove the Odor
A fire can leave behind a very offensive smell. In the case of a small fire where the home is still inhabitable, the natural instinct is to take measures to remove the scent. However, this process is not the right solution for odors from a fire. Many of the commercially available odor eliminating products can actually counteract the solutions that professional restoration companies use to remove the scent.
As a result, the professional products might not be able to break down the odor-causing molecules as effectively, which means that some of the scents will linger behind.
Wear Foot Protection
If you will walk in an area where there is smoke damage, make sure you have foot protection on over your shoes, such as a shoe cover. The smoke residue will latch on to the bottom of your feet, as you walk around to the other areas of your home, you will only track the smoke around. Tracking the smoke around will just cause more damage.
However, the smoke particles can be hazardous to your health as well. When you track them around on your shoes, you give these hazardous particles more access to your home.
Make sure you are helping the cleanup and restoration cause more than you are hurting it. To ensure you are on the right path, it's best to contact a restoration company as soon as possible. The restoration team will provide you with specific instructions and take immediate steps to protect your home. Contact a service, like APR Emergency Reconstruction, for more help.