Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Need to Know Facts about Fire Damage

  • In entering any building clearance from the fire marshal is needed for your own safety.
  • Upon entering any building or house it is a must to wear personal protective equipment.
  • Relocate pets and children to other lodging for safety. 
  • Toxic chemicals and poisonous gases are in the air, avoid breathing the air in the contaminated areas.
  • Wearing the personal protective equipment such as a proper fitting respirator with a hepa filter is highly advised.
  • Avoid using any kind of leaf blowers or a standard vacuum, due to it does not filter out small particles, and instead blow them out the exhaust in the air where they can be inhaled. 

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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.

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