Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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To Do or Not to do That is the Question: Until Help Arrives

To Do:                             

  • Keep hands clean 
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs. 
  • Wipe soot from chrome kitchen, bathroom faucets 
  • If electricity is off to clear out the refrigerator. 
  • If heat is off during winter, pour out RV antifreeze in sink or toilet bowl
  • Change H-VAC filters and leave the system off until a trained professional can check the system. 

Not to Do:

  •  Don't send any garments to the dry cleaners
  •  Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances. 
  •  If the ceiling is wet, do not turn on the ceiling fan
  •  Do not consume any beverages that may have been stored close to the fire. 

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (310) 637-7701

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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