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How To Deal With Fire At Your Place of Business

10/10/2020 (Permalink)

fire truck outside building Dealing with the aftermath of a fire ideally starts before a fire outbreak occurs.

How To Deal With Fire At Your Place of Business

A fire outbreak for business has far more reaching consequences than home fire outbreaks. Multiple families are affected as their source of income becomes threatened. Customers would often experience a dip in the level of service being provided. The immediate vicinity becomes unsafe due to soot and smoke. Neighboring occupants (both businesses and non-businesses) have to spend extra to ensure its safe for them as well. The ripple effect of the fire spreads further.

Dealing with the aftermath of a fire ideally starts before a fire outbreak occurs. Proper measures should be put in place. 

  • A comprehensive disaster recovery plans with properly outlined steps - what to do, who to contact, and how to go get alternative processes up and running
  • A fire extinguisher is a must-have, along with regular drills. 
  • Regularly update digital and physical copies of crucial documents. 

In the aftermath of a fire, the following are vital to minimizing the downtime a business experience.

Immediately after the 911 call, call both the insurance and SERVPRO of Manteca and Modesto. Both are needed to assess the financial implications and physical damage sustained. This helps to get a timeline on how soon the business can get back on its feet. 

Some insurance companies expect the business to be responsible for boarding up and securing the building from the elements and potential looters. A proper fire damage and restoration company, SERVPRO of Manteca and Modesto, can help with this. 

Cleanup should get started as quickly as possible. Water from burst pipes, from the firefighters, from the weather, can easily do more damage. Smoke and soot not only adds to the damage, but it also makes the environment immediately dangerous to health and life. 

Essential documents are first removed and stored correctly before a more thorough clean up, and storage of contents begins. Tech equipment such as laptops, printers, and storage devices that may hold valuable information is a top priority. During cleanup, experts would have to try to restore such items to their original state.

An investigation into the structural integrity of the building is also carried out. This would ensure further disaster is avoided.

It is often overwhelming to do all of these while dealing with the fire; the best option would be to call a professional team like SERVPRO of Manteca and Modesto. That is where we come in at SERVPRO. We are a locally owned company with national resources and expertise and ready to assist!

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