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Fire Damage Event in Your Crestwood Home, Safety First

9/30/2015 (Permalink)

A House Fire's Best Friend

Safety Tips From SERVPRO For a Fire Damaged Home in Crestwood

 As restoration specialists with extensive experience in handling house fire damage, the professionals of SERVPRO are aware of the difficulty for you to cope with the trauma of a conflagration. It's important to be prepared when a fire strikes your home in Crestwood. The following list can help you decrease stress, increase personal safety and limit damages.

During a Fire When At Home

1. Check Your Doors Before You Open Them.

Before you open your doors, look under them to determine if any smoke is being emitted. In the event that there is smoke, move to another door for exit. If you don't see any smoke, make sure that you place the back of your hand against the door before opening it. A very warm door indicates that the fire may still be in full effect. If there are no doors through which you can safely exit the home, try a window.

2. Exit The House.
As soon as you realize a fire is taking place, you need to get out of the house. Although you may want to grab personal belongings that are of sentimental or monetary value, consider safety first. 

3. Be Cognizant Of Smoke.
As you exit the home, make sure that you and your loved ones remain as close to the floor as possible.  Inhaled smoke can cause disorientation and can even lead to death. Super heated air rapidly burns off oxygen. Get out.

4. Do A Head Count.
After you and your loved ones have exited the home, make sure all the family members are safely out.

After a Fire

5. Call The Red Cross, if necessary
The Red Cross will direct you to a safe place where you can find food and shelter for the night. This is an option that hopefully you will not need.

6. Call Your Insurance Agent.
Your insurance agent will send out an adjuster to evaluate the fire damage. Also, inquire if your insurance company has a working relationship with SERVPRO. Hundreds of insurance agencies and property management companies do have SERVPRO on their speed dial, and a quick phone call can dispatch a fire damage restoration expert to your home within the hour. A careful assessment, inventory documentation and action plan can already be initiated.

7. Don't Reenter Your Home.
Be sure not to go back into your living space until you've been cleared by the local fire department.

8. Compile Important Documents.
Get all of the important records and documents you can find together. Take computers and laptops for digital records.

9. Keep Receipts Of "Disaster Expenses."
Make sure that you're keeping records of any expenses you incur due to the disaster.

Getting You Back Home

The team from SERVPRO will offer outstanding customer service.  You will always be in the loop as to the progress of the fire damage restoration progress in your Crestwood home.

Locally Owned, with National Resources

SERVPRO of Affton/Webster Groves is locally owned and operated so we are part of the Crestwood community too. When you have a fire or water emergency, we’re already nearby in Shrewsberry, Oakville, and Clayton, also. Call us. (314) 638-7749

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