Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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A fire is detrimental to a family and your home. The moments after a fire can be stressful and uncertainty can set in for what the next steps are. Following a fire, your home is littered with soot, smoke and water. Clean up and restoration will follow and should be done by a professional due to the difficulty of wet smoke and unknown dangers. That is what our local team of SERVPRO restoration experts are here for! We will carefully inspect your homes interior and exterior and build a plan of action. Our team is also trained in caring for your homes belongings, because we understand that is what makes it home!

Below, you'll find a few tips for you to understand how to better handle the aftermath of a fire. 

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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.