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Q: I had just had a fire what do I do first?

A: The first thing to do is not to panic. Check it is safe with authorities to return to the building. Assess the situation and deal with the most damaged and most valuable items first. Burnt and wet materials need to be salvaged carefully.

Consult a conservator or relevant heritage professional.

Often your local art gallery, museum or library can assist with information as well.

Q: What do we salvage first?

A: This will depend. If you have very valuable or significant collections, these should be salvaged first. However if these are safe and secure and not affected by the fire then burnt, wettest and most fragile first. Consult a conservator or relevant heritage professional.

Often your local art gallery, museum or library can assist with information as well.

Q Who do I get expert advice from to save my heritage collections?

A: You should contact a conservator for advice and possible repair.

Often your local art gallery, museum or library can assist with information as well.

Q: Where can I get equipment from to salvage my collection?

A: Consult the regional telephone directory to find local equipment hire companies or contact us for more specific advice

Q: What is the best way to handle burnt material

A: Use gloves and a mask (type will depend on safety issues present) for your own safety. Transport items on a support such as a trolley or tray to prevent further damage.

Q How do we deal with wet material

A: Separate by how much they were affected by water. Common categories are sopping wet, wet, damp and dry wet damp and dry in different locations and consult a conservator who specialises in the type of object or collections affected.

 

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FIRE DAMAGE

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