Fire Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first. Once you know that everyone is safe it is important to then ask yourself the following questions:
- Is it safe to stay in the house? Is the structure of the home intact? Including floors being safe to walk on and roofs and ceilings are steady and not risking collapse.
- Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns. After major property damage, it is important to survey the area and close off hazard areas.
- Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
- Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!
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What To Do After A Fire
- Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
- Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
- Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
- If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
- Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
- Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
- Change HVAC filter.
- Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.
What NOT To Do After A Fire
- Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
- Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
- Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
- Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
- Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.