Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Fire Damage Emergency Tips 

Should you experience a fire in your home, call us immediately. Do not attempt to clean or touch the affected area, as that can worsen things and cause the cost of fire damage restoration to go up. Here is a list of things we recommend you address prior to our arrival: 

  • Change HVAC filters 
  • Cover all restorable items such as furnishings, rugs, upholstery, etc. 
  • Limit movement inside your home to prevent soot particles from further damaging your carpets and upholstery 
  • Cover air registers
  • Keep hands clean to avoid soiling woodwork, walls, and upholstery

Do NOT attempt to do anything other than what is listed above. We will take care of the rest!

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (818) 246-2200

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.

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