Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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A fire is a scary emergency. The primary focus should always be on safety. After a fire it is prudent to determine whether the house is structurally sound to stay in or to re-enter. Precautions should be taken with regards to electrical hazards. The water the fire department will use can cause additional safety issues such as slip and fall concerns. Precautions should also be exercised to limit the spread of soot and its particles. Soot is a very complex issue and should be remediated by professionals as improper remediation can cause secondary damage. Secondary damage to contents and garments can be costly.

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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.