What Do I Do After a Fire at My Hospital or Clinic?
Following a fire, it’s important to ensure that your staff and patients
are safe above all else. Once everyone is at a safe distance from the
fire, take time to treat any wounds or burns. Do not return to the
building until firefighters have informed you it is safe. Be sure to keep
patients away from the burned areas. Don’t try to clean the smoke damage
yourself; soot and smoke can have serious effects on your health, so leave
that task to your fire restoration specialists.
The actual restoration process begins with you making efforts to assess
the extent of the damage to your property. You’ll need to determine how
much damage the fire did as well as what is covered by your operation’s
insurance. Getting an insurance assessor to look over the fire’s aftermath
early prepares you to make decisions further down the line. Once you have
an idea of what restoration services will be necessary, you’ll need to
seek out both a fire damage restoration service, possibly as well as a
water removal service.
Though it seems unlikely, fires leave your property especially susceptible
to water damage; from sprinkler systems to water damage from firefighters’
hoses, you’ll need to dry out your property before further restoration can
begin. This part of the process also prevents subsequent water or mold
damage down the line, which can complicate the restoration process.
From there, fire damage restoration teams begin work on your clinic,
surgery center, or hospital area. This begins with debris removal, as any
damaged remains of furniture or construction are removed from the
premises. Afterward, the team will begin treating your property for smoke
damage. Soot and smoke both contain carcinogens that are dangerous to your
health and your patients’ health. An in-depth cleaning required to remove
smoke and soot damage. This involves using specialized equipment such as
portable ozone generators or thermal fogging.
While your building undergoes repairs, salvageable contents from the fire
see their own cleaning and restoration. From soft goods such as garments
and bedding to electronic equipment and sensitive appliances, these
furnishings and medical tools undergo repair work and an in-depth cleaning
to get rid of any residual smoke or soot particles.