Fire Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
After a fire its important to keep in mind some tips for yourself on what to do after the fire. You want to limit the movement in the home to prevent further damage. Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on carpeted traffic ares to prevent more soiling. If the electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop door open. Lastly, wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets and appliances then protest with a light coating lubricant. Do NOT attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without contacting us first. Do NOT attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without contacting us. Do NOT attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire or water without consulting a repair service. Fast response can lower claim costs so give us a call at 757-244-8467.
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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.