Helpful Tips

If your home has been fire damaged, this list will help you get started on the path to recovery.

Caution: It is important to understand the risk to your safety and health even after the fire is out. The soot and dirty water left behind may contain things that could make you sick. Be very careful if you go into your home and if you touch any firedamaged items. Ask the advice of the fire department, local building officials, your insurance agent, and restoration specialists before starting to clean or make repairs.

The simple list
  • 1: Take security and safety into consideration.
  • 2: Take care of yourself and your family, including pets.
  • 3: Contact your insurance Agent about the fire
  • 4: Handle the damage


1: Take security and safety into consideration.

For your safety, do not touch, eat, or come into contact with anything burned by the fire unless deemed safe by the fire department or your restoration company. Walls, roofs, and floors are easily damaged by fire and may collapse.

If your fire department has deemed it neccessary to turn off building utilities, do not try to turn them back on yourself. Contact your fire damage repair professionals and let them take care of getting your home back in order.

If you choose NRZ Fire Restoration, we will board up your home and take care of anything requested by the Fire Marshall in order to secure your home for you and neighbors.



2: Take care of yourself and your family, including pets.

"Contact your local disaster relief service, such as the American RedCross or the Salvation Army. They will help you find a place to stayand to find food, clothing and medicine. Make sure that you have a safe place to live temporarily. You have a big job ahead of you. Get plenty of rest, and ask for help. Do not try to do it all alone"

"If you have pets, find and comfort them. Scared animals often react by biting or scratching. Handle them carefully, calmly and gently. Try to leave pets with a family member, friend or veterinarian if you are visiting or cleaning your damaged home. Keep your pets out of the house until the cleanup is complete to keep them safe"



3: Contact your insurance Agent about the fire.

Contact your insurance company right away. Ask what to do about the immediate needs of your home. This includes pumping out water and covering doors, windows and other openings.

Ask your insurance company what to do first. Some companies may ask you to make a list of everything that was damaged by the fire. They will ask you to describe these items in detail and say how much you paid for them.



4: Handle the damage.

NRZ Fire Restoration Specializes in restoring fire damage in homes. No matter your needs, we are able to take care of your home and any damage a fire may have caused. We will meet with you and or your insurance agent and will take on the task of getting things worked out with all parties involved. We will start by making your home safe, then we will get started on restoring and/or repairing your home.

Any damaged items that are being replaced by your Insurance Company will be disposed of in a safe manner. Things that are not covered for replacement but are restorable will be restored, anything else will have to be disposed of to avoid future risks caused by lingering soot.


FEMA has a pamphlet on what to do after a house fire, you can look over it for more information and tips.

FEMA: "After A Fire!"

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