A fire breaking inside your home is both dangerous to you and your household and destructive to your property and belongings. A large enough conflagration can cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage, carbonizing most materials and melting tougher substances. Should you experience a fire in your home, keep calm and prioritize your life and your family’s; you can save your home and your belongings later once the fire is dealt with.
Even if firefighters arrive at the scene and manage to successfully control the flames, your fire-ravaged home could still be at risk of even more damage. You will have to act fast and carefully if you want to save what is left of your residence. Additionally, you should consider calling a fire restoration service to scrub clean any mess left behind by a fire.
Here are some helpful tips that could come in handy should you ever find yourself with a charred house.
Soot: Dangerous, Should Not be Touched
While most of the damage following an inferno is caused by the fire itself, the soot it leaves behind can be just as destructive. Soot residue is acidic, and could discolor and warp plastics, cause rusting, and affect other delicate materials. Worse, the substance is also a serious health hazard, and should not be inhaled. Homeowners must take care not to disturb any piles of debris they might come across as they inspect their homes, and should wear dust masks to avoid inhaling soot. In fact, if at all possible, homeowners should not touch anything coated in soot so that they do not contaminate anything else with the carbon particles.
Ventilation Can Help Immensely
Soot is formed from the incomplete combustion of hydrocarbons, which means that it is a by-product of the fiery process. The longer a fire burns, the more soot is generated in the air, which then settles on any surface it touches, such as walls, the ceiling, furniture, and so on. Soot is still a big problem even after a fire has been put out. Homeowners could reduce their soot problems by introducing ventilation to their homes. Something as simple as a box fan facing toward an open window could draw out any remaining soot particles in the air, as well as reduce the burnt odor that clings to the interiors of a home.
Firefighting Efforts Can Lead to Water Damage
Firefighters will pump gallons of water to put down the largest of flames, but that water does not just disappear after being used. Water used in the firefighting effort can inundate a house, causing mold growth and bacterial accumulation. Homeowners should be wary of such risk, and should consider hiring expert cleaning companies to handle both the fire and water damage.