Emergency tips when faced with fire damage
- Wipe or attempt to wash fire residues from walls, ceilings, or other absorbent surfaces as this will cause further damage.
- Use food or canned goods that have been exposed to heat- for your safety.
- Do not turn on computers, T.V.’s, stereo’s or other electronics including electronic appliances until they have been cleaned and checked.
- Do not use furniture that has been affected by smoke and/or soot.
- Do not attempt to clean affected areas by yourself, as it is recommended that a professional conduct the cleaning and restoration to prevent further damage to your personal property.
- Contact your insurance company
- Change furnace filter
- Brush vacuum-smoke particulate from furnishings and draperies.
Move pets to a clean and safe environment.
- Cover carpeted traffic areas to prevent tracking of soot and debris throughout the property.
- Open windows for ventilation (if weather permits)
- Empty refrigerators and freezers if electricity is turned off. (restoration technicians can inventory these items and dispose of)
- During cold winter months, pour anti-freeze in toilet bowls, tanks and sinks to prevent freezing if the heat is off, or call a plumber to address this issue.
- Wipe leaves of house plants to remove smoke residue and get to appropriate temperatures if cold weather has arrived.