Fires can do quite a bit of damage to a home, and are very easy to spread to others if not taken care of immediately. California is home to some of the worst wildfires in the world, but wildfires aren’t the only fires that can destroy buildings and homes. Fires can also start from within a home.
Cooking appliances or electrical wiring problems can also start fires that can do just as much if not more fire damage than wildfires can. Leaving the stove or oven on accidentally can result in severe fire damage, especially if you don’t have the proper fire safety equipment such as a smoke detector and fire extinguishers. It’s extremely important to know where all extinguishers are at all times, and make sure to replace smoke detector batteries frequently to ensure that your home is safe.
Types of Fire Damage
There are 6 classes of fire damage that are classified according to which kind of materials started the fire and were burned or destroyed because of the fire. Class A fire damage is damage to things involving flammable solids such as plastics, paper, wood and cloth. Class B is considered by damage to flammable liquids or solids that can become liquified, for example gasoline, oil, paint and some waxes and plastics.
Cooking oils do not fall under Class B fire damage. Class C involves flammable gasses such as hydrogen, butane, natural gas and propane. Class D fire damage is any sort of fire that has been caused by combustible metals such as sodium, magnesium, and potassium. Class E is fire damage that has occured due to both Class A and Class B materials. This also includes damage from electrical elements.
Insurance companies generally split the amount of damage caused by fire into two broad types: primary and secondary, Primary is considered damage that has occured due to the direct result of flames, such as damage to the contents of a building or home, residential or commercial. Secondary fire is classified as damage that occurs due to smoke or other corrosive substances that are released by the fire. This is where most of the damage is from in a building or home. Even after all of this fire damage, the fire could have been bad enough to expose the inside of the home or building to the outside world resulting in possible water damage as well from rain.
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After a fire has occurred, you must wait until the fire department has allowed you to enter your home again. it’s important for the fire department to make sure there isn’t any structural damage before you go in your home to ensure that nothing is going to fall down on top of you due to weak structure from the fire. Next, an inspector will assess all damages to your home, as well as call a structural engineer and industrial hygienist as well as a plumber to inspect the rest of your home for damages. It’s important to let these professionals assess the damages before you begin cleaning up and working towards that road to recovery. Without the proper inspection, you may not see the actual damage to your home that could be dangerous to you and the rest of your family.
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