Fire Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
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.