Give first aid where
needed. After calling 911 or your local emergency
number, cool and cover burns, which reduces the chance of further
injury or infection. Seriously injured or burned victims should be
transported to professional medical help immediately.
Stay out of
fire-damaged homes until local fire authorities say it is safe to
re-enter. Fire may have caused damage that could injure
you or your family. There may be residual smoke or gases that are
unsafe to breathe.
Look for structural
damage. Fire authorities may allow you to re-enter, but
may not have completed a thorough inspection. Look for damage that
will need repair.
Check that all wiring
and utilities are safe. Fire may cause damage inside
walls and to utility lines not normally visible.
Discard food that has
been exposed to heat, smoke, or soot. The high
temperatures of fire and its by-products can make food unsafe.
Contact your insurance
agent. Don't discard damaged goods until an inventory
has been taken. Save receipts for money spent relating to fire
loss. Your insurance agent may provide immediate help with living
expenses until you are able to return home, and offer assistance