Fire Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
Fire is all consuming and hot. Above all you and your loved ones are the most important priority. Try and remain as calm as you can. Call your local Fire Department immediately. Do not attempt to run back into a fire because you want to save a material possession. Stay a far distance from the home in case of an explosion. Fire spreads very quickly. Wait for the fire professionals to arrive to do their job. Stay back until they are finished and able to speak to you and answer questions. Once the fire is out and you have approval to call a company to come in and do the mitigation and restoration work, SERVPRO is highly recognized in professionalism in our industry to be the company to call.
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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.