Fire Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
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Fire Damage Tips
After your property has experienced fire damage, the effects can be incredibly stressful for you and your loved ones. While the main focus should always be safety, there are a few things that you can do after the fires are extinguished to help with the restoration process. It is always important that a trained professional be onsite to handle all of your fire damage restoration needs. Once your property is safe to enter, you will want to not move too much throughout so that you can avoid more damage from soot to your belongings. Also, when handling your belongings remember to only use gloves or cleaned hands.
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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.