Fire in the home can be very scary. It is common for people to freeze in shock when something of this nature happens; but if you must save your home, you have to deal with the fire quickly.
Here are four things to do quickly when you see a fire in your home:
Use a Fire Extinguisher
If the fire is small enough to handle, you can put it out yourself using a fire extinguisher. Resist the urge of using water to put out a fire. Water can make things worse or even cause you to get electrocuted. Ensure that you have a fire extinguisher in your home at all times.
Get to a Safe Place
When the fire is bigger than you can handle, especially when it is blazing, you need to get out of the way. Fire damage can spread quickly, therefore you need to leave your home as fast as you can. Even if the fire is in one room, smoke damage can spread quickly to other rooms through the doors and air vents, therefore make sure you leave the house entirely.
When you safely leave your home, your number one priority should be to call 911. The fire department knows what to do as soon as they get there.
Call a Restoration Company
When the fire is out, either by using a fire extinguisher or by the fire department, the fire damage will be left behind. Whatever the fire touched will probably be burnt or singed, and soot will definitely be everywhere. And smoke damage usually does more damage to your health than your home.
And if the fire department fought the fire, there will definitely be a water damage from the water hoses. This isn’t something you want to deal with yourself. Call a restoration company, they have the right tools to measure the air quality in your home, restore home fixtures, appliances, and furnitures that weren’t completely destroyed, and get rid of things that need to be thrown away.