Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Fire Restoration Help

SERVPRO of New Hyde Park/Mineola is a 24 hour, 7 days a week, 365 days a year emergency restoration and cleanup team. We are trained and equipped to help anyone after any type or size damages.

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. 

Please be sure to prioritize safety above all else. 

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.