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What to Keep and What to Discard after Fire Damage?

The first and hardest thing to do when recovering from fire damage is to determine what can be kept and what must be discarded. Most of your items can be salvaged, disinfected, and cleaned. However, you will need to pay attention to some safety rules when trying to determine what to keep and what to discard. Hiring a fire damage restoration professional, you will be able to salvage more personal belongings however, some will still have to be discarded.

Clothes and Textile

Clothes and textile can often be cleaned and disinfected. Discard these materials only if burnt. Be extra cautious with baby and children clothes

Medicines and Cosmetics

Discard medicines and cosmetics if you suspect them to be contaminated. Look into medicines and cosmetics carefully to make sure that they are clean of soot, dust, and all other chemicals that might have been in use to extinguish the fire.

Food

Be very careful when dealing with food. If food is burnt or even partially burnt, discard it. Discard food that has been exposed to heat, smoke or soot. The high temperatures of fire and its byproducts can make food unsafe.

Refrigerated Food

If your refrigerator was not damaged in the fire, check its content. Confirm that the food is still cold and that no soot penetrated it. If in doubt, discard the food.

Frozen Food

The food that was in the freezer can be used if it still has ice crystals on it and if it still feels cold and hard. If not, discard it. Again, whenever in doubt, discard the food.

Leo Nov is an editorial staff member of RestorationSOS.com, a leading service provider for water damage cleanups. To learn more about fire damage and fire damage restoration, visit RestorationSOS.com

Written by Leo Nov

Leo Nov is an editorial staff member of www.restorationsos.com, a leading service provider for water damage cleanups. To learn more about water damage cleanup and restoration visit www.restorationsos.

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