Fire Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
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When you have a fire in your home and there is a heavy smell of smoke, it's best to limit time in the residence. If it is necessary for you to be in the home during this time, you should cover your mouth and nose with a mask or some type of covering to avoid smoke inhalation. If you have animals living inside the residence, they should be put in a room where there is no smoke damage (If there is a room that hasn't been affected by the fire/smoke.). If there is no living space in the residence it would be safer to move them out of the residence to avoid your pet from getting smoke inhalation.
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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.