Fire Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
Burns from flames are one of the most visible aspects of fire damage, but even after the blaze has been put out, the hazardous remains of smoke and soot are left behind. The cleaning process after a fire can be challenging, so choosing the right restoration service is vital to getting back on your feet. SERVPRO® of Hurst-Euless-Bedford has a 24-Hour Emergency Disaster Response Team that is available 7 days a week ready to jump in and help you when you suffer a fire loss. The following tips can help you limit damage until help arrives:
- If the outside temperature is 60° or above, air out the structure to reduce smoke odor.
- Limit movement within the structure as to prevent soot particles from causing any further damage to carpet, rugs, and upholstery.
- Cover high traffic areas, such as carpets or rugs, with old linens or towels to prevent soiling.
- DO NOT touch anything. Soot on your hands can filter through upholstery, wood, and walls causing more damage.
- DO NOT use electrical appliances before having them checked by an electrician.
- Empty your refrigerator and freezer if the electricity has gone off to prevent mold from growing inside.
- DO NOT use any canned or packaged food or beverages due to possible contamination.
- Change the air filters of the furnace if operating the blower.
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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.