Fire Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
You've found our tips page. You either have a real interest for knowledge, or you've suffered some fire damage event at your home, we're guessing the later.
You may be surprised, but more people experience fire damage than you might have expected. Each year in the United States there are nearly half a million structure fires reported. Yes, half a million. That's homes in residential neighborhoods just like yours.
After experiencing some fire damage event a typical next response is to ask the question, "what's next?"
Well, a two things.
- First, safety; your primary focus is safety. It's making sure that the fire is fully extinguished and other active dangers are mitigated.
- Second, good next steps. Below is our tip page, we list important next steps and things you should be thinking about.
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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.