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You Thought You Knew Some Common Best Practices After Fire Damage? Think Again.

4/19/2022 (Permalink)

Few things are more earth-shattering than the damage a fire causes along its path. The aftermath of fire damage is devastating to deal with even years after a fire happened. When the unpredictable strikes and you need an expert to guide you through the process, SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville are the fire restoration experts! Camaraderie and resilience are hallmarks of the human spirit. With our community-centered approach, we strive to treat every fire damage scenario with the care and empathy that it deserves. Below, we have listed some common misconceptions about fire damage that can be shrugged off and what to do post-fire damage while you are waiting for the professionals. 

What Are Some Common Notions About Fire Damage That You Should Avoid? 

  • Elevators are hazardous: this may pertain to anyone that lives or works in a building where they frequently use elevators. While it’s easy to think elevators are the last place to go when a fire occurs, this is simply a myth. Some buildings are actually better equipped to use elevators in an emergency, and these elevators will generally be marked as safe to use in an emergency. 
  • It’s a common myth that fire and smoke alarms will sound before a fire, but this is not true! The reality is that some alarms will detect fires during the smoke phase just before the fire breaks out, while others may use neural nets to catch fire right as it starts. 
  • Door stuck when you’re trying to get inside the house? Do NOT force it open! This may compromise the structural integrity of your Bellevue home. While there are other ways to get inside, please ensure it is safe to do so first and foremost. 

What Actions Should You Take Immediately After Fire Damage While Waiting For The Experts? 

After any fire damage scenario, your priority should be safety first! 

  • Ensure it’s safe to stay inside your Bellevue home or business before proceeding further. 
  • Wet materials resulting from water damage from firefighting efforts can be hefty- exercise caution!
  • Once you determine that it’s safe to stay on your Bellevue property, limit movement within affected areas to prevent soot particles from being embedded into carpets and upholstery. 
  • Prop doors open and empty refrigerators/freezers if electricity is off. 

While fire damage is something we would never wish upon even our worst enemies, we know that the unthinkable can happen when you least expect it. If this happens, know that our team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville has the fire, smoke, and water damage training to help you through this tough time. Do you need fire restoration services this spring? Contact us at (615) 242-9391, and we’ll make it “Like it never even happened!” This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

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