Immediate Safety

The danger is not always over after the flames are out. Stay away from your home or business until fire officials tell you it is safe to return.

Click here for more tips to stay safe immediately after the fire.


  • Keep a “fire watch”. Look for smoke or sparks throughout and around the house.
  • Keep a “flood watch”. Flash floods after fires are real and dangerous. Watch for rain and have an evacuation plan. See the Flood Risk page for more information.
  • Use extreme caution around burned areas. Trees and power poles may be unstable.
  • Utilize battery-operated radios for emergency updates and news reports.
  • Use flashlights to help inspect your home and surrounding area.
  • Contact your utility company, propane supplier, heating oil supplier, etc. for system inspections before use.
  • Document damage with photos and contact your insurance carrier before starting cleanup efforts.


  • Drink water from the faucet. Contact your water utility to assess quality.
  • Touch any power lines.
  • Attempt to cross flooded areas or roads.
  • Turn on appliances before checking for meter and circuit breaker damage

If fire or other emergencies re-emerge after you return home, call 9-1-1.