Being the victim of a house fire is devastating. Losing a portion or all of your home in a blaze is a loss that’s profound and traumatizing. If you live in an area that’s prone to wildfires or you live in an older home, you should prepare for the possibility of a fire in your home. All homeowners should prepare, but those especially who are more at risk should make sure they’re ready to go if they need to get out.
In the midst of a fire either in your home or barreling toward your home, it can be hard to think and even harder to act fast. Here are some of the most important items to grab in the event of a home fire.
Documentation for All Family Members
Ideally, you have a fire-proof safe where you can store all your important documents and precious items. The first thing to grab in an evacuation is any paperwork you can put your hands on that can help you establish your identity. Birth certificates, passports, banking information, and any wills or trusts you have are a great place to start. These documents can help you and your family get back on your feet after a fire.
This can also include any vet records for pets. Keep a list of any special markings, immunization records, sizes, and microchip information as well. This will help identify your pet if they get lost or help you get services for them that require this information. Many boarding facilities and other businesses require shot records to board your pets during or after a disaster.
Fire Go-Bag Materials
Make sure that you have supplies for all family members ready in case of a fire. These bags should be able to be grabbed on the way out the door and contain extras of any prescriptions. You should also have survival supplies ready if you live in a fire-prone area. This includes food and water for each member of your family.
Make sure that you and your family are out of harm’s way and then get your pets. If your home is on fire, get everyone else out before worrying about pets. Many people say that if there is any opening at all in your home during a disaster your pets will find a way out. Grab your beloved, furry family members, but don’t risk your life trying to get them ready to go.
If you have the time and extra space, grab any sentimental items that are precious to you and your family. This could include small- to medium-sized heirlooms or collector’s items that are unique. It’s also a good idea to keep an up-to-date album of photos for any valuables in your home. For anything that you can’t take with you that gets destroyed, you’ll have the photographs.
ABCO Restoration Wants to Help You After a Fire
The team at ABCO Restoration wants to help you rebuild after a fire. We have team members dedicated to fire cleanup and restoration for your entire home. This includes structural restoration and collateral item restoration. We want to make your home and possessions look like normal after a devastating fire. Contact us today for the help you deserve.