Professional conservators offer several basic guidelines for searching for and recovering family treasures in the ruins of a fire. Once you are allowed to reenter the fire area, keep these safety tips in mind:
- Your first priority is safety. Before moving into a fire-damaged building or area, be sure it is safe to enter.
- Wear protective clothing, including nitrile or latex gloves, face masks, and eye protection.
- Avoid breathing in or touching hazardous materials. These include particulates, exposed asbestos, building