After a fire, you have more to worry about – once firefighters have extinguished the flames, you still have to worry about smoke and soot damage, as well as water damage that occurs while first responders are putting out the fire.
Water can even lead to mold growth, which can become an even bigger problem.
That’s exactly why you need a smoke and fire damage remediation expert on your side.
What to Do After a House Fire
If there’s a fire in your home, whether it was large or small, follow all the first responders’ safety instructions. Make sure you move your family and pets to a smoke-free environment, because lingering smoke can pose serious health risks.
The smoke that fires release contains carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and particulate matter. (Particulate matter shows up as soot.) There can be a lot of chemicals in smoke, like aldehydes, acid gases, nitrogen oxides and even metals. The type of smoke you’re dealing with depends on what was burned in the fire.
Inhaling smoke for even a short time can pose serious health risks. It irritates the eyes, nose and throat, and its odor can make your stomach upset. Even a short-term exposure to smoke can cause temporary changes in your lung function and make it more difficult to breathe.
The best way to protect yourself and your family is to get away from the smoky area and let trained professionals handle the cleanup. It’s not safe without the right equipment, which Ann Arbor smoke remediation professionals have.
Do You Need to Talk to a Disaster Remediation Expert in Ann Arbor?
Call us at 734-352-9183 or contact us online so we can schedule an appointment to analyze the situation and help you get back on track.