Fire Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
Experiencing a fire in your property can be a traumatic experience, and the aftermath can be overwhelming. Here are some tips to help you handle fire damage:
Stay safe: Your safety should be your top priority. Before entering the property, make sure it's safe to do so. The structure may be compromised, and there may still be fire hazards. Wait for the authorities to give you the all-clear before entering.
Call your insurance company: Contact your insurance company immediately to report the damage. They can advise you on what steps to take and may be able to offer financial assistance for repairs.
Hire a professional restoration company: A professional fire restoration company can help assess the damage and create a plan for restoration. They have the equipment and expertise to properly clean and repair the property.
Dispose of damaged items: Remove any damaged items from the property, such as furniture or carpeting. These items can harbor smoke and soot, which can cause health problems and worsen the damage.
Address smoke and soot damage: Smoke and soot can cause significant damage and pose health risks. Clean all surfaces, including walls and ceilings, to remove smoke and soot residue.
Remember, fire damage restoration is a complex process that requires the expertise of professionals. Take the necessary steps to ensure your safety and the safety of others, and contact your insurance company and a professional restoration company as soon as possible.
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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.