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Home Fire Safety

Protect Yourself

Use Caution

We know you are anxious to inspect the damage and, if possible, begin to recover your belongings. Please be aware that there may be unseen hazards present.


The building may have suffered structural damage and be physically unsafe to enter. Gas, electrical or plumbing may not be working.


Smoke and sooty deposits may be present. Toxins may include gases produced in the fire, as well as particles such as asbestos fibers used in some building materials. Exposure to some of these toxins has been shown to increase the risk of developing certain types of cancer.

Airborne Contaminants

Some individuals may be especially sensitive to contaminants or sooty deposits which may be present after a fire. These include babies, small children, older persons, pregnant women and individuals with respiratory disease.

In most cases, it is safer and quicker to have your insurance agency handle the necessary clean up and renovation of your property. The agency can arrange repairs by skilled professionals who specialize in fire and water damage repairs. These individuals are aware of the possible hazards present and have the equipment to deal with them.

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Last Modified:   December 26, 2006

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