Fire Damage Resources

Experiencing a fire and seeing how it affects your home, community, or place of business can be extremely shocking, frightening, and unsettling. After facing a fire, it is very important to know what to do to protect yourself, others, and your property from possible further damage.


Large Loss Fires 
  • Let friends and family know you’re safe
  • Call your insurance company—Familiarize yourself with your policy to know what to expect
  • Call Jim Black Construction—To secure your property and prevent further damage
  • Seek alternative living arrangements. In most cases, you will not be able to stay in your home after a serious fire
  • Contact your local disaster relief agency, such as the American Red Cross or Salvation Army
  • Turn off the electrical, gas, and water supplies if possible, but if not, alert the local fire department
  • Ventilate smoke to reduce odor, providing the property is safe to enter.
Minimal Fire Damage
  • Immediately empty the freezer and refrigerator if fire has disrupted the electricity
  • Have smoke-damaged clothing and linens cleaned by a restoration cleaner
  • Remove plants from smoke-damaged areas and wash leaves and branches
  • Change furnace filter if the system was operational during the fire
  • Protect decorative metals and water faucets with WD40 or petroleum jelly
  • Clean sinks, showers, tubs, and countertops with a soft scrub
  • Consult with a professional about deodorization and content restoration.

Do Not:

  • Allow children or pets access to damaged areas
  • Turn on electrical appliances or electronic equipment prior to professional inspection
  • Perform demolition or remove any building materials without consulting a professional
  • Consume any food items that were affected by the fire
  • Clean smoke damage prior to getting professional advice
  • Walk on heat- or smoke-damaged carpets or rugs.
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