Fire Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
After a Fire: Prioritizing Your Safety
Experiencing a fire can be deeply distressing, and your safety is our utmost concern. Here are essential steps to take after a fire:
What to Do After a Fire:
- Limit movement to prevent soot from further damaging upholstery and carpets.
- Keep hands clean to avoid soiling surfaces like walls and woodwork.
- Place clean towels on rugs, upholstery, and carpets in high-traffic areas.
- If the power's off, empty and prop open the freezer and refrigerator.
- Protect and clean chrome surfaces with petroleum jelly or oil.
- Give houseplants attention by thoroughly washing their leaves.
- Change the HVAC filter and cover air registers with cheesecloth.
What to Avoid After a Fire:
- Don't wash walls, painted surfaces, or clean carpets without professional guidance.
- Consult authorized repair services before cleaning electrical appliances exposed to fire, heat, or water.
- Avoid consuming canned or packaged items near fire, heat, or water.
- Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, as wiring may be damaged.
- Choose specialized cleaners for garments to prevent setting smoke odor.
Remember, safety comes first. Reach out to professionals like SERVPRO® for expert fire damage restoration assistance during this challenging time. We're here to help you through it.
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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.