Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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It's quite possible you navigated to this page of our site because you’ve experienced a property fire. And, by this point, you’ve also realized several things.

  • It’s devastating.
  • The fire left soot and smoke damage throughout the whole property.
  • Some things look unrecoverable, other things look as if they can be salvaged. 
  • The water used to put out the fire has made a mess of your home or business.

You need a professional team to start working on restoration and remediation, that’s where we come in. We put together some tips below, answering the question, “what do I do before help arrives?”

Check them out and follow-up with our office to see how we can help you recover from the damage. 

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (516) 742-1008

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.