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3 Essential Steps After a Business Fire

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

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Three Steps To Take In The Aftermath Of A Fire

A fire can be very disruptive to your office in White House, MO. Getting back to business as usual as soon as possible takes a lot of work. You may need to deal with smoke damage, replacing equipment and employee injuries. When you're dealing with disaster, it's easy to get overwhelmed. Here are three steps you need to take in the aftermath of a fire at your business.

1. Turn Off Utilities
As soon as you are safely able to, it is essential to get all utilities turned off to prevent further damage.

Gas and electricity should be turned off at the meter.
Water should also be shut off at the main valve if you are able to access it safely.
If you aren't sure how to do so, contact the utility company's emergency line for instructions.

2. Contact Your Insurance
You should notify your insurance of the incident as soon as you can. They can get a claim started right away and send an adjuster to review the site, take photos and begin to assess fire and smoke damage and other harm to the building. The adjuster can give you further instructions on what other steps you should take to ensure you protect your future insurance coverage and are reimbursed for the current damages.

3. Arrange Clean Up
Once you have the go-ahead from your insurance company, get started on cleaning up right away. Soot damage can quickly become permanent without the proper technique. You'll need to remove any irreparably damaged belongings right away and start a deep clean of every surface. If there is a lot of smoke cleaning to be done, don't hesitate to contact a professional for emergency restoration services.
The quicker you can get your business back up and running, the sooner you can financially recover. Make sure you take these essential steps to begin repairing smoke damage and get things moving in the right direction immediately.

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