Do's and Do Not's of Fire Emergencies
After a fire coming back to the house or building where it happened can be a very emotional experience. Here are some tips on what to do and what not to do in your house after a fire.
What To Do After a Fire:
- Keep hands clean so as to not furth soil 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 if 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