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.