You can return to your home once Fire Rescue Services has finished investigating the fire, unless the building inspector judges the house to be unsafe because of structural damage. Once a building has been damaged by fire, it is subject to the regulations of the current building code.
Before attempting any repairs or reconstruction, check with the City of Edmonton's Sustainable Development to determine if a permit is required. If there is “warning ribbon” or “Under Investigation” placards still in place at your property, contact the Investigations Branch (780-496-3799 or 780-496-3867) immediately to ensure it is okay to enter.
Caution: Although the fire may have been small, with nothing that appears to be of danger to you, Be Careful!
Today’s furniture, clothing, floor coverings, indeed many of the common items found in the modern home, are manufactured from synthetic materials. These materials, when exposed to high heat, such as a fire, can give off invisible toxic gases that may be harmful to your health. Firefighters will make every effort to ventilate your home but this does not guarantee complete elimination of these gases.
Often Fire Rescue Services will have utilities shut off or disconnected as a safety precaution or as a result of fire damage. If the department turned off your gas, water, or power during the fire, call the City of Edmonton Utilities and \ or gas company to restore services. Damage to outside installations (i.e. on the city side of the power meter, etc.) may be repaired by the agency concerned.
Utility companies do not make repairs inside the house. It is your responsibility, or that of your insurance company, to arrange this. You may use a private contractor if you wish. Damage occurring to water, sewer, power, or natural gas installations inside the dwelling must be repaired under permit, and inspected by the appropriate agency before they can be turned on.