Do's and Do Not's for Fire Emergencies
After a fire coming back to the house or building were it happened can be a very emotional experience. Here are some tips of what to do and what not to do in in your house after a fire.
What To Do After a Fire:
- Keep hands clean so as to not furth soil an upholstery, walls or woodwork.
- Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
- Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas
- If electricity is off, empty the freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open
- Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
- Change the HVAC filter.
What NOT To Do After a Fire:
- Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
- Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your local SERVPRO.
- Do not use canned or packaged foods or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
- Do not turn on ceiling fixtures is the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
- Do not send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.
Content by: SERVPRO Corporate