Fire Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
The 2019 report from the National Fire Protection Agency reported that there was about 500,000 structural fires reported in the US, many of those fires in residential communities spread throughout the country — communities much like yours.
A fire damage event is catastrophic and earth-shattering for any family. The question that is that tip of the tongue of everyone who experiences a fire damage event is, "what's next?"
The absolute first step is safety, safety first is of primary importance. Below we have outlined things to do as well as things not to do. Follow our tips below to ensure your fire damage event is only a momentary difficulty, and not something of greater consequence.
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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.