After a fire

THE FIRST 24 HOURS


Securing Yourself and The Site

  • Contact your local disaster relief service, such as the American Red Cross or the Salvation Army, to help with your immediate needs, such as:


  • temporary housing;
  • food;
  • medicine;
  • eyeglasses;
  • clothing;
  • other essential items
  • Contact your insurance agent/company.

  • Cautions

  • Do not enter the damaged site. Fires can rekindle from hidden, smoldering remains.
  • Normally, the fire department will see that utilities (water, electricity and natural gas) either are safe to use or are disconnected before they leave the site. Do not attempt to turn on utilities yourself.
  • Be watchful for structural damage caused by the fire. Roofs and floors may be damaged and subject to collapse.
  • Food, beverages, and medicine exposed to heat, smoke, soot, and water should not be consumed.



  • Leaving Your Home