One of the hardest parts about fire damage cleanuyp is deciding what you can salvage and what you must throw away. For your safety, resist the pull to economize. While some of these decisions can be made according to the owner’s discretion, there are some hard and fast rules that should be observed regarding the disposal of fire-damaged belongings. We at Premier Construction in Greenville want to introduce some home items that should always be thrown away immediately after a house fire.
While it is possible to clean and disinfect textiles such as clothing items and bedding after the fire, it’s not necessarily advisable. Smoke and soot contain chemicals that may irritate the skin upon contact, and those chemicals can also be inhaled once the items are worn or used. These chemicals can cause irritation and other respiratory problems. For the purpose of safety, the majority of textile items should be thrown away during the fire damage cleanup process, even if they are not burned or singed.
Cosmetics and toiletries contain chemicals and minerals that could be affected by the high heat of the fire; even if the cosmetics look fine, it is safer to throw them away. They could end up damaging hair and skin.
Potency of medications can be affected by the high heat, smoke, soot, and the water and chemicals that the firefighters use to extinguish the fire. Instead of taking the risk, safely dispose of all the medications you keep at home, and ask your doctor to write new prescriptions. Toss all over-the-counter medications you keep in your home, they may not work as expected because of the high heat.
Pantries, cabinets and refrigerators might have been opened or unsealed during the emergency. Even though the food may appear to be unscathed by the fire, the high heat can activate bacteria inside the cans or jars. The water and chemicals used in extinguishing the fire can also contaminate the food items in the house.
To play it safe, it is a good idea to throw away all food items in the house and stock food all over again. Dispose of all opened containers and permeable packages of food. Remove any charred food, bulging or rusted cans, or items with fire extinguisher dust.
Sometimes, refrigerated and frozen food is salvageable after a fire. Even if the power went out, a well-sealed fridge could keep food at a safe temperature for about four hours. However, throw out if:
The same caution must be exercised with pet foods. Don’t endanger the lives of the pets from contaminated food.
In Greenville, Premier Construction is a full-service fire damage cleanup and restoration company dedicated to fire prevention and quality fire cleanup after disasters. That is why the fire and smoke damage team are always standing by to answer your call. The integrity of your property relies on how quickly the restoration process begins after the fire is out; lingering soot and smoke will damage your home even more if not cleaned up right away.