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Five Important Things to do After a Fire

Five Important Things to do After a Fire

Five Important Things to do After a Fire

Five Important Things to do After a Fire

The aftermath of a fire can have a devastating impact on any business. Damage to the premises, loss of stock and the uncertainty for the employees mean there is a lot to do. In this article, we look at five important things to do after a fire.

 

1. Notify Your Insurance Company

 

Hopefully, your business will be fully insured and be covered for the eventuality of a fire. The first thing you need to do is notify your insurance company, the quicker you let them know of the incident the faster your claim will be processed.

 

Most insurance companies will have someone to come out and inspect the damage and confirm all the necessary details such as when the funds will be available.

 

2. Hire a Restoration Contractor

 

The resulting damage from a fire can be catastrophic, as well as the flames, smoke and water damage can make repairs difficult.

 

Therefore, you need to speak to an experienced contractor who is certified to carry out the work to the necessary standards and regulations. Selecting the right contractor could save you on repair costs, materials, and labour.

 

3. Record the Damage

 

Another task that you need to do is to make a record of everything that was damaged or lost in the fire. The insurance company will be able to assist you with this, but you will need to take a written inventory. It is also a good idea to take photos so that you have proof of the damage.

 

Highlight everything from the structural damage to appliances, machinery and any documents and valuables. By keeping a detailed list, it will help you to verify the accuracy of the damage and what was lost to the fire.

 

4. Determine the Cause

 

Any major fire will be investigated by the fire department so they can determine what the initial cause was, whether it is a result of faulty wiring, a discarded cigarette or perhaps arson.

 

An investigation will help prevent similar instances from happening in the future. If there is any evidence of foul play, then you will need to notify the insurance company and local authorities.

 

5. Contact Your Fire Protection Service

 

Finally, you need to contact your local fire protection service, they will be able to help fit and supply equipment such as fire sprinklers, fire extinguishers, sensors and help with any wiring that was damaged. Upgrading to the latest state of the art equipment will help prevent a fire from happening again.

 

Contact us

 

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Alternatively, please call us on 01772 822 133, we will endeavour to get in touch with you as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you soon!