Fire Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
Dealing with the aftermath of a fire can be overwhelming, and it's important to know what steps to take to minimize further damage and increase the chances of successful restoration. Our team of experts has put together a comprehensive list of tips to help you navigate this difficult situation. Whether it's a small kitchen fire or a large commercial property fire, we're here to provide you with the information you need to protect your property and belongings.
In addition to these initial steps, it's important to avoid doing anything that could further damage your property or put yourself and others at risk. For example, don't try to clean up the fire damage yourself, as this can release toxic fumes and particles into the air. Instead, contact a professional fire damage restoration company like ours as soon as possible to assess the damage and begin the cleanup and restoration process. Our team has the knowledge, equipment, and experience to safely and effectively restore your property to its pre-fire condition.
We hope these tips will help you feel more prepared and confident in handling the aftermath of a fire.
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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.