Fire Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
After experiencing any fire damage, prioritize your safety with these essential tips:
- Assess safety: Determine if it's safe to stay in your home, being mindful of electrical and slip hazards.
- Limit movement: Minimize activity to prevent soot particles from embedding into carpets and upholstery.
- Maintain cleanliness: Keep hands clean to avoid further soiling of walls, woodwork, and upholstery.
- Protect surfaces: Place clean towels or old linens on high-traffic carpet areas and prop open freezer and refrigerator doors if electricity is off.
- Handle with care: Apply a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil to protect chrome surfaces, and wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
- Change filters: Replace the HVAC filter and tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.
- Contact professionals: Avoid attempting to clean walls, painted surfaces, or electrical appliances without consulting experts.
- Food safety: Refrain from consuming canned or packaged food and beverages stored near the fire, heat, or water.
- Electrical caution: Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, as the wiring may be damaged.
- Professional cleaning: Opt for authorized professionals to clean garments, as improper cleaning can set smoke odor.
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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.