Fire Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
Knowing what the proper steps to take after a fire has been put out can be very difficult to know, especially if you have never experienced a fire loss previously. The obvious main concern should be the safety of you and others on your property. Once the local fire department has extinguished your fire, your property might be left with soot, smoke, and even water damage.
That is where our SERVPRO of Burlington/Woburn team steps in to help! Our team is the local fire cleanup expert in the area and we are always ready to help when a fire disaster strikes.
While you wait for our team to arrive and help, it can be helpful to look over our Fire Damage Tips down below to learn more about what to do and what not to do after a fire!
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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.