Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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After Fire Damage

You never imagined flames would engulf the things you love in your home or business, but when a devastating fire occurs in your home, what should you do after your local fire department has put it out? 

Once emergency services have given you the “all clear” to enter the affected area, the fire damage might be the only thing you notice. Don’t panic. Take small action steps to separate your damaged belongings from your undamaged belongings. This will help you make a list of items that need to be cared for after the fire damage. 

While you wait for our team to arrive, please read the few tips below to get started on the cleanup and restoration process. 

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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.

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