Fire Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
A fire in your home is no laughing matter & should never be attempted to handle on your own. Your family and residence are our number one priority. Below are a few safety tips to keep in mind in case of an emergency.
- Is it safe to stay in the house?
- Be alert of "slip and fall" hazards
- Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
- Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!
- Locate power cut off and be sure it is in the off position
- Be sure you call your insurance company
- Take pictures to ensure you are refunded for any damaged belongings
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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.