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What To Do After A Fire

After the Fire

  • Before entering the property, check with the fire officials to make sure it is safe to re-enter.
  • Contact your insurance company as soon as possible. Do not remove anything from the home until the insurance company has O.K'd it.
  • Make sure your home is protected from the elements and illegal entry.
  • Cover all openings in windows, walls, and damaged doors with plywood.
  • Make sure all other doors and windows that are in working order are locked and secured.
  • If the house is going to be unattended, contact the Conneaut Police Department at the non-emergency number (440) 593-7442 and inform them of the situation.
  • If you RENT.... Contact the property owner or representative to inform them of the situation. It is the owner's responsibility to secure the property.
  • If you have renter's insurance contact your insurance agent immediately.

Utilities Tips

  • Your utilities may have been disconnected to protect you and the firefighters from the dangers of the gas or electricity.
  • If the temperatures are below freezing it will be important to protect the water pipes from freezing.
  • Only the utility companies may restore your utilities.
  • Have the mechanical, electrical, and gas systems checked by a professional even if they do not appear damaged.

Other Important Tips

  • Be sure to protect your personal belongings from the elements, either inside the building or by moving them to a safe location.
  • Retain receipts from any money you spend. These receipts may be necessary for possible insurance reimbursements.
  • You may need to contact the following: Social Security Administration for new Social Security cards, Driver's License Bureau, credit card companies, newspaper, and cable TV. Contact the post office to have your mail stopped or delivered to a different address.

Phone Numbers You May Need

  • Salvation Army (440) 992-0276
  • American Red Cross (440) 998-1020
  • City of Conneaut Fire Department, Non-Emergency (440) 593-7460
  • City of Conneaut Police Department, Non-Emergency (440) 593-7442
  • City of Conneaut Housing and Zoning Division (440) 593-7406
  • Ashtabula County Building Dept. (440) 576-3737
  • Conneaut Water Dept. (440) 593-7420