The first time you enter a home after a fire, there are a few things that you are going to want to do to help minimize further damage and wear to your home. Make sure that you wait to do these things until the fire captain has deemed your home safe to re-enter; you never want to put your own personal safety at risk.
Wear Gloves & Be Careful What You Touch
There is going to be soot on the walls and debris all around your home. You don't want to spread this around your home. That is why you should wear gloves and change them as you work throughout your home. You want to make sure that you keep your hands as clean as possible as you work in your home. You don't want to transfer or rub soot into walls, woodwork, and soft fabrics, which can be easy to do as soot can be transferred from your hands to other objects.
Empty Out the Food
You are going to want to get rid of the food in your house. You are not going to want to eat any of the food in your pantry, even the canned food. The canned and packaged food could have been cooked to some degree by the fire, creating unsafe food conditions inside of the packaging.
Generally, after a fire, the power to your home will be turned off either by choice or by circumstance. Either way, that means that your refrigerator and freezer food is not going to be as safe. You are going to need to throw away all the food in your fridge and freezer.
You want to get rid of the food right away as you don't want to attract pests to your home as well, and you don't want your kitchen to start smelling bad.
Cover Up Air Registers
You are going to need to clean out your air vents and ductwork throughout your home. However, you don't want to let more soot get into the system. Take some cheesecloth and put it over the air registers. This will help keep moot soot from getting into your HVAC system.
Cover Up High-Traffic Areas
Finally, you are going to want to cover-up traffic areas so that soot and dirt is not carried throughout the home. Put down towels across areas where you will have to walk a lot to keep the space as clean as possible.
Cleaning up after a fire is a big job. These are just a few tips to get you started. You should also consult with a fire damage specialist team to help you clean up your space and get it livable again. For more information, contact a company like, C & Z Construction.