Fire Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
We know a thing or two, when it comes to dealing with fire damage restoration. Why? Because it happened to us. In April 2016, we experienced a warehouse fire.
One of the first things we do at the scene of a fire damage is to address any safety hazards.
- Should the occupants temporarily relocate?
- What about electrical hazards, such as fire damaged electrical wiring, or possible electric shock from water used to put out the fire?
- Are there structural risks, such as a partially burned ceiling about to collapse?
- Do we see any slip, trip, and fall hazards from wet floors and debris?
- Are there any hazardous materials such as soot residues, chemicals, lead, and asbestos, that can cause respiratory harm, and other health issues?
Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (434) 977-5850
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.