Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Fires are extremely destructive.  They are super unpredictable too.  Fires have been known to jump highways and are not choosy.  They will consume whatever is in front of them.  Taking certain precautions can help prevent fires and help save lives.  Always make sure batteries are fresh in the smoke detectors.  If camping, please make sure to properly extinguish the flames and embers before leaving that site.  Never start fires outside on windy days.  This surely will cause mass destruction.  Refrain from throwing out cigarette butts from car windows.   Also, never fall asleep while smoking.  Many times I have heard on the local news of people dying for this preventable reason.  Be safe!

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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.

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