Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Fire damage can have a profound and distressing impact on both your home and well-being. When facing the aftermath of a fire, it's crucial to take certain steps to minimize the damage and begin the recovery process.

  • First and foremost, prioritize safety. Before re-entering your property, assess for structural damage, potential gas leaks, and electrical hazards. Your safety and the safety of others is paramount.
  • Reach out to a trusted restoration company, like SERVPRO of East Concord / Brentwood. 
  • Documenting the damage is vital for insurance purposes. Take photographs and maintain detailed records of the destruction, which will be crucial when filing your insurance claims.
  • Proper ventilation is essential to remove smoke odors. Open windows and use fans if safe, but consult professionals for safe techniques.
  • Cleaning up after a fire should not be a DIY endeavor, as toxic residues may be present. Our SERVPRO team has the expertise and equipment to handle soot and ash removal.

Remember, fire damage recovery is a complex process that requires expertise. Prioritize safety and professional assistance to ensure a successful restoration.

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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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