Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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It is not uncommon to feel lost after a disaster has struck your property. Here at SERVPRO, we understand the stress and worry that comes with property damage, especially a force as formidable as fire. That is why we are here to provide both residential and commercial property owners with the tools and tips for confronting a fire damage situation after it has happened. The primary focus should be safety first, taking account of all people who were present during the disaster situation. After all parties are safe and removed from the disaster zone, follow these tips to minimize further damage and dangerous situations.

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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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