How To Support Someone Recovering From A House Fire

by - 3/04/2021 12:56:00 AM

For most of us, Filipinos, especially those who already have a family of their own. There are a lot of things that everybody wants to own in life. The most important one is to own a home. Whether it is a house and lot or a condominium unit, it is an ultimate goal for every one of us to be able to invest in a property.

However, do keep in mind that the possibility of unfortunate events happening, such as natural calamities and fire, is very real and always at a time when they are least expected.

One of my greatest fears is a house fire. The scary part about it is that it's a fear that many people have to face head-on.

I don't know about you, but I'm attached to certain possessions. Aside from the important documents, I have collections like ref magnets, key chains and old memorabilia that would absolutely just break my heart to lose.

We all know that in a house fire, nothing is safe. The first thing to worry about is your family. Getting everyone out of the house safely is our top priority, and it's very lucky if we can get out of it alive.

However, losing a home and all the possessions inside it is a huge tragedy. The financial strain and sentimental loss are immense, and those going through this grueling process needs all the help they can possibly get. But how to help someone after a house fire may not be exactly as you'd expect.

Here are some ways that we can help someone who is recovering from a house fire.

1. Contact family members and loved ones to inform them of the accident. Provide them with what they need like food, clothes and temporary shelter if possible.

2. Attend to frightened pets and ensure their safety and comfort.

3. Get permission from Fire Department officials before you re-enter the fire-damaged structure to check out for some things that you can still recover.

4. Help them in reaching out their insurance company so that they file your claim right away.

Getting a fire report is a priority as it contains the specifics of the incident. This is important for insurance purposes. For me, getting a fire insurance in the Philippines is vital in protecting our properties. Insured properties may include buildings, machinery and equipment, stocks in trade, goods in process, household fixtures, furniture, appliances, and other fixed properties.

5. Start the process of replacing important documents lost in the fire (licenses, passports, birth certificates, etc.)

Fires can be traumatic for the entire family and the neighborhood affected. Take care of everyone’s emotional needs and schedule counseling, if necessary.

Have you or a loved one ever been through a house fire? Please SHARE so that everyone gets the help that they need.

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