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What To Throw Out After a Fire

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

Loss site at a fire caused by an electrical issue. A home in Zachary, LA suffered fire damage.

What To Throw Away After a Fire

When your home in Zachary, LA suffers fire damage, the aftermath can be devastating. Your primary concerns may be family heirlooms or expensive items. Many of these items can be restored by fire restoration specialists. It is better to throw away other items, though. Cosmetics, medicine and food are often rendered unsalvageable by a fire in your home.

Cosmetics

If cosmetics have been open or used, they probably need to be tossed in the trash. Products in this category include:

• Makeup
• Soap or body wash
• Deodorant
• Lotion
• Toothpaste
• Sunscreen

The high heat from the fire likely changed the chemical structure of the ingredients. They may not apply as well as they used to, or they may even be unsafe to use. If you have not opened the package or if the packaging is not charred or damaged in any way, the product may be safe. When in doubt, however, dump it.

Medicine

Your medicines are affected by high temperatures in much the same way that cosmetics are. Throw away any medicines when the instructions on the bottle specifically state they must be kept in a cool, dry place. Heat can alter the medicines at the molecular level, rendering it ineffective at best and possibly even unsafe to consume. Water or chemicals used to put out the fire may also have contaminated your medication.

Food

The water used to put out the fire should be considered contaminated, and so should anything the water came into contact with. You can't always tell if food has gone bad by how it looks or smells. Whether your food seems to have been spoiled by the high heat or not, it is best to throw it out. Give your pets' food the same consideration so that you don't make them sick when you feed them.

While you may be concerned with expensive items in your home, the greater expense may come from having to replace all your food, medicine and cosmetics. It is an expense worth paying to keep you and your family safe.

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