Fire Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
Within four hours of loss notification SERVPRO of Madison North & East's trained professionals will be on-site to start fire damage repair and restoration to your home or business. They will walk you through the process step-by-step, explaining what to expect and the anticipated outcome. The key to reducing damage to your home and saving money is by responding quickly to your damage. During this time you may wonder what can I you do until help arrives?
After any fire damage situation in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety first. Here are some key points on what to do and what not to do after a fire:
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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.