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Recovering After a Fire

Learn how to begin cleaning up and recovering after a home fire.

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If you need help after a home fire, please contact your local Red Cross.

Caring for Yourself & Loved Ones
  • Pay attention to how you and your loved ones are experiencing and handling stress. Promote emotional recovery by 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.
  • 4 Steps to Take Immediately After a Home Fire

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      Call 9-1-1. Give first aid where needed; cool and cover burns to reduce the chance of further injury or infection.

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      Let friends and family know you’re safe.

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      People and animals that are seriously injured or burned should be transported to professional medical or veterinary help immediately.

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      Stay out of fire-damaged homes until local fire authorities say it is safe to re-enter.

    Family returns to their burned home
    Returning Home After a Fire

    Stay safe when returning to your home after a fire:

  • Checking your home after a fire
  • Cleaning up after a fire
  • Volunteer comforts a fire victim
    Recovering After a Home Fire

    Once you are physically safe, take time to ensure your family’s emotional and financial well-being.

  • Download the Picking Up the Pieces After a Fire guide
  • Read our disaster recovery guides
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