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3 Items You Need to Throw Away After a Fire

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

Burnt edge of the fabric. Anything that has suffered severe fire damage, naturally, belongs in the trash

Items That Need To Be Discarded After a Fire

Attempting to remediate and recover from a home fire is an extremely stressful experience for any homeowner. One of the first things you need to do upon returning to your property in Cimarron Hills, CO, is sort through your belongings to determine which ones you can keep, and which ones you need to throw away. That being said, there are certain items that always must be discarded following a home fire.

1. Perishable and Non-Perishable Food Items
Any type of food item that is stored in permeable packagings, such as plastic or cardboard must be thrown away following a fire. The high heat can cause the packaging to melt into the food, contaminating it. Any visibly burned or charred food also needs to go in the trash. Perishable food items in the refrigerator might be okay if the fridge itself wasn't damaged in the inferno. Each of these food items needs to be assessed on an individual basis to determine whether or not you need to throw them away.

2. Burned Clothing, Towels, Bed Linens or Other Textiles
Anything that has suffered severe fire damage, naturally, belongs in the trash. Mildly or moderately burned linens and clothing should probably be discarded as well, even if you believe that you can save what's left. The chemicals from the fire and the substances used to extinguish it can irritate your skin. If you really want to attempt to save these items, make sure you clean them extremely thoroughly before using them again.

3. Damaged Medications
It's highly recommended that you throw away all of your prescription medications following a home fire. The high heat environment can alter their chemical structure, potentially rendering them useless or making them dangerous to consume.
Knowing what to keep and what to throw away following a home fire is incredibly important. Contact fire remediation specialists for more information or assistance recovering after a residential fire.

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