Fire departments in the U.S. respond to an estimated 1.5 million fires a year. These fires cause more than $10 billion in property damage and can uproot families and businesses. The most important thing to remember is that valuables can be replaced, lives cannot. Grease fires can spread quickly through a kitchen and can be difficult to put out. In just two minutes, a fire can become life-threatening. In five minutes, your home or business can be fully engulfed. This is no time to gather property or make a phone call. The first thing is to make sure you and your loved ones are safe.
If your residence or business has a grease fire – get out! If you or someone else is burned, call 911 and cool and cover burns to reduce further injury or infection. If you detect heat or smoke when entering a damaged building, leave immediately. If you are a tenant, contact the landlord. If you have a safe or strongbox, do not try to open it. It can hold intense heat for several hours. If the door is opened before the box has cooled, the contents could burst into flames. If you must leave your home or business because an inspector says the building is unsafe, ask someone you trust to watch the property during your absence. Make necessary temporary fixes like covering a damaged roof with a tarp or boarding up windows to prevent further damage.
All fire damage is taken into consideration when your insurance claim is prepared. Professional fire- and water-restoration services may be the best choice for cleaning and restoring your personal belongings. Take as many pictures and/or videos of your damaged property and dwelling as possible. Those records will be useful during your insurance settlement. Document any and all expenses, save the receipts and do not throw away any damaged goods until an inventory is made.
At times like these, it can be difficult to know where to turn and whom to contact. Nationland Adjusting Co. will be your advocate with your insurance company and handle all the details. We will file the claim on your behalf with your insurer and notify your mortgage company if applicable. We typically get 30 to 50 percent higher settlements than you would get on your own.
Call us at 1-888-685-6776 and let us help you get started.