Fire Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
Fires are scary and can be seriously detrimental. They can leave your home with damages that are too much to repair. While the state of your home during and after a fire is a major concern, so is your safety. Once the fire is put out it may seem like a reasonable idea to walk through the debris in an effort to try to salvage any item that you can, but this could lead to an even more dangerous situation. There may be exposed wires, smoldering materials, or an unstable foundation. After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:
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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.