Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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The mere thought of a house fire happening to your home is frightening enough – but knowing what to do in the event of a house fire can help reduce the stress and confusion of what has happened and where start – having a plan in place can help relieve the overwhelming feelings of stress and uncertainty.

  • Call for help and make sure your family knows the meeting place outside your home
  • Contact your insurance company immediately – they will instruct you on the next steps
  • Do not enter your home until permission that it’s safe
  • Contact family and friend and let them know you and your family are safe
  • Find a safe place to stay and don’t forget your pets

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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.