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, TVs, stereos, or other electronics, including appliances, until they have been cleaned and checked.
- Do not use furniture affected by smoke or soot.
- Do not attempt to clean affected areas by yourself. It is recommended that professionals conduct the cleaning and restoration to prevent further damage to your personal property.
- Contact your insurance company.
- Change furnace filter
- Brush or vacuum smoke particulate from furnishings and draperies.
Move pets to a clean, 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. Fire Damage Restoration Technicians can inventory these items and dispose of them.
- During cold winter months, pour antifreeze 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.