Fire Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
To Do or Not to do That is the Question: Until Help Arrives
- Keep hands clean
- Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs.
- Wipe soot from chrome kitchen, bathroom faucets
- If electricity is off to clear out the refrigerator.
- If heat is off during winter, pour out RV antifreeze in sink or toilet bowl
- Change H-VAC filters and leave the system off until a trained professional can check the system.
Not to Do:
- Don't send any garments to the dry cleaners
- Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances.
- If the ceiling is wet, do not turn on the ceiling fan
- Do not consume any beverages that may have been stored close to the 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.