Sunday, November 19, 2017
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Fire & Smoke Damage

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and “slip and fall” hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

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 Vaseline or oil.
  • Wash house plants 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 your  SERVPRO ® Professional.
  • 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.

Understanding the Process of Restoring Fire Damage

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