How to Recover after a Home Fire
The aftermath of a fire can bring on added stress. It’s important to know how to recover after an at home fire. The Red Cross states this about caring for yourself and loved ones;
- “Pay attention to how you and your loved ones are experiencing and handling stress.”
- “Promote emotional recoveryby following these tips. Discard any food that has been exposed to heat, smoke or soot.”
- “Watch pets closely and keep them under your direct control.”
- “Help people who require additional assistance- infants, elderly people, those without transportation, large families who may need additional help in an emergency situation, people with disabilities, and the people who care for them.”
After a fire, you can take the following steps to keep you safe;
- First and foremost, if you haven’t already, call 911. You can give first-aid where needed and cool/cover burns to reduce the chance of a further infection or injury.
- Friends and family will worry about you. Let them know you’re safe.
- If able to, help transport people or animals that are seriously injured or burned to a nearby professional hospital or in the animal’s case, a vet.
- Remember to stay out of fire-damaged home. You can re-enter when local fire authorities say that it’s safe to.