HOUSE FIRE CHECKLIST
When your home or business has a fire, it’s hard to know what to do next.
Use this house fire checklist to guide you during this difficult time:
WHAT TO DO AFTER A FIRE
- Get permission from fire department official to re-enter the fire-damaged structure
- Retrieve valuable belongings and irreplaceable heirlooms before you leave the property
- Contact family members and loved ones to inform them of the accident
- Contact local police and advise them if your home will be vacant. Notify your children’s school, the post office and any organization you’ve borrowed from
- Call all utility providers (gas, electric, water) and inform them of the fire and discuss need for emergency shut-off service
- Start the process of replacing important documents lost in the fire, such as licenses, passports, birth certificates etc.
- Call your homeowners insurance to begin the claim process
- Fires can be traumatic for your entire family. Take care of everyone’s emotional needs and schedule counselling, if necessary
- Call the ATR Group and make arrangements for fire remediation services
- Understand and acknowledge the specifics of the “Fire Report” and make sure you receive a copy.
- Document all fire damage. Take photographs and detailed notes of damage to property.
WHAT NOT TO DO AFTER A FIRE
- Do not enter your home until you’re given permission that it is safe
- Do not turn on the gas, water or electric utilities until a professional has deemed them safe
- If your car is burned, do not start or move it
- Do not try to clean any of the smoke or soot damage. Leave that to the professionals.