There are few things more devastating than experiencing a fire. When you are trying to run a business, every day you lose sales can mean two days you have to make up. It is vital, then, to recover from the fire as soon as possible, so that you and your employees can resume business. In this post, we have 5 survival tips for after the fire.
1. Contact a fire remediation expert. As soon as the flames are doused, contact a professional who specializes in fire restoration. Though it may be tempting to dash into the building to see what you can recover, you might end up doing more harm than good. Believe it or not, a few improper moves could prolong the process of removing smoke damage, and the smell could linger for weeks (or months) longer than necessary. Call the experts who know how to conduct fire damage repair.
2. Assemble your records. Hopefully, you will have a record of your inventory and other assets that you can submit to the insurance company. If you have never experienced a fire, you might want to invest in a fireproof safe where you can keep your records. You might want to do regular back-ups of your computer records and store those on hard drives or thumb drives in that safe.
3. Call the insurance company immediately. You want to make sure that your claim is processed and paid as soon as possible. Don’t enter the building before calling them and discuss whether or not you should do so. Don’t do anything that could possibly jeopardize your rightful claim.
4. Get the ″all-clear″ prior to re-entering the building. The fire department should let you know whether or not it is safe to re-enter your building. However, it is best to also wait for the all-clear from a fire damage expert who can begin repairs and ensure that no further damage is done.
5. Contact your landlord. If you are leasing space, it is vital that you find out what sort of coverage your landlord has. It is also vital to know exactly what caused the fire. If the cause implicates your landlord, you may have a claim on his insurance for your losses. You might not be liable for things like faulty wiring or a fire that started in the alley due to no fault of your own. The faster these thing are addressed, the sooner you can regroup and restart your business.
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