Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Even if your fire wasn’t serious enough to warrant a visit from the fire department, immediate safety risks need to be taken into consideration.

  • Don’t enter your property or parts of your property that the fire department has deemed unsafe. 
  • Replace affected foods and medications.  Fire smoke should not be consumed, and it can touch these items, even if they’re wrapped.  
  • If firefighting efforts result in water damage restoration also being needed, beware of electrical hazards and lifting waterlogged objects.

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Immediate Steps to Take After Fire Damage

After fire damage, there are immediate steps you need to take.  

  • Roof tarping.  If your roof was affected, it’s important to get the damaged portions covered.  This will help prevent rain and other weather from getting inside. 
  • Board-up.  Cover broken windows, doors, and even outside sections of your property. 
  • File a fire insurance claim.  Get your claim number and name and phone number for your insurance adjuster.  

The Red Cross may also be available to help. 

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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.