Picking Up the Pieces After a Fire: Rainbow International® offers tips on what to do after a fire disaster strikes

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Fires interrupt lives, and in some cases, destroy lives. With these tips on what to do after a fire and how to keep your family safe, property owners can feel safe and pick up the pieces.

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About 400,000 fires result in more than $6 billion in property damage every year in the United States. But the effects of fire go deeper than just money and damaged property. Fire interrupts, and in some cases, destroys lives. Following a fire disaster, consider these tips from the restoration professionals at Rainbow International:

  •     Take care of yourself. Check yourself for injuries and get treatment if necessary. Find a place to stay. Your local disaster relief service can help and provide food and other necessities. Don’t forget to find a safe place for your pets.
  •     Try to stay levelheaded after the fire emergency and help others any way you can.
  •     Examine your home. Talk to firefighters about what can be salvaged. When safe to enter the structure, check first for important documents like birth certificates, social security cards, and drivers’ licenses.
  •     Alert your insurance company of the fire details. Make a list and take pictures of damaged items. Keep track of receipts as proof of losses.
  •     Contact family members and close friends to let them know what happened, especially if you will be moving to temporary housing.
  •     Let the professionals do the work. Attempting the cleanup on your own is dangerous. Turn to restoration professionals, like Rainbow International, when a fire disaster invades your life.

Be prepared in case you are faced with a fire by taking note of these safety tips:

  •     Have a home or business fire escape route planned and practice it regularly.
  •     Install smoke alarms on every level of your house and test each alarm regularly. Change batteries at least once a year.
  •     Use space heaters safely. Place them at least three feet away from anything that can burn.
  •     Have a disaster kit ready, including water, non-perishable food, medications, identification, change of clothing, etc.
  •     Place fire extinguishers in your kitchen and garage in case of fire emergency.
  •     Have a disaster kit ready (for example, water, non-perishable food, medications, identification, change of clothing, radio).
  •     Never leave a cooking pot unattended and keep flammable items away from burners.
  •     Never smoke in bed or leave a lit cigarette or cigar unattended.
  •     Make sure your fireplace is inspected prior to using it.
  •     Replace frayed or worn electrical cords and never overload electrical outlets.

If disaster strikes, you can rely on the rapid, professional restoration services from Rainbow International. Let the experts at Rainbow International help restore the property while you recover physically and emotionally.

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Kimberly Denman
The Dwyer Group
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