Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Some tips for after a fire loss. In all honesty, there is a lot you shouldn't do just because if you do to much you risk the soot particles being stuck on things and seeping so far in, we can't get them out. You need to make sure it is even safe for you to be in your home. when water seeps into items, they become heavy. So if you're going to lift, be careful. If your electricity has been damaged in the fire or you decided to turn it off, make sure you empty your refrigerator, freezer and deep freeze if you have one. You don't want all of your food spoiling. 

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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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