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									What to Do Immediately Following a House Fire

Dealing with the aftermath of a house fire can be
extremely devastating. Dealing with a house fire
at all can be extremely devastating.

The reason why house fires are so devastating is
because of the damage they cause. Fire damage
in particular has been of note lately.

This article, however, will address what to do
right after you have experienced a house fire. It is
of the utmost importance that you do all you can
to ensure your safety as well as the safety of your family and friends.

Is it Safe?

One of the most important things to remember right after a house fire is to make sure it is safe to enter
the premises. You will need to consult authorities (firemen, city officials, etc) to be certain that you will
not be in danger if you enter your house.

It is crucial for you to understand that it may not be safe to re-enter your house at all. This can be
                                   especially difficult to deal with, as it is normal for people to get
                                   attached to possessions and belongings.

                                  Just remember that even if your belongings are burned to a crisp, you
                                  still have your family and friends. That is what is truly important in
                                  situations like these.

                                  It can be difficult to stay focused on the positive after such a disaster,
                                  but staying optimistic will help you to be happier and look for the good
                                  in the situation. The next step after your house fire is to contact
                                  members of your family who do not live near you and make sure they
                                  know that you are okay.

Be sure to inform them about the details of the situation, because they will probably be eager to know.
Try to stay as calm as possible, for their sake as well as yours.

Contacting Your Insurance Company

The next important step following your house fire is to contact your insurance as soon as possible. They
will be the most helpful in walking you through how to set up a place to stay in this emergency and how
to deal with the expenses of living.
Your insurance company will also help you sort out how to properly
document the event and how to officially make an insurance claim. If you
are a college student, health insurance for college students will come in
handy in a time like this.

If you ever find yourself in the aftermath of a fire-related disaster, you
may not think that you are at risk for any life-threatening health
conditions. However, health insurance for college students will usually
cover conditions or issues that arise because of a house fire.

Organizations like the American Red Cross offer places to stay for those
who have lost their homes because of an unforeseen disaster. It could be
in your best interest to give the American Red Cross or a similar
organization a call to see what they can do for you.

The next item on your agenda should be figuring out clean-up options. It is important to decide whether
you think you can clean up the damage and wreckage yourself, or if you need to call in professionals.

Either way, it is important to take the time to make sure you’re making the right decisions for you and
your family in the aftermath of your house fire.

Photo Credit: Sam Beebe, DeeAshley, John Benson

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