Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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A fire disaster can be disorienting to say the least. It is understandable to be confused about what the proper first steps are after realizing there is a fire emergency occurring. The most important step is to make sure yourself and those within the building or home are safe:

  • Decide whether it is safe to stay in the building or if an evacuation is necessary
  • Be aware of electrical and tripping hazards around the house, especially when there is a large amount of smoke
  • Do not put yourself in harms way. Only conduct actions that are safe to perform

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (414) 421-3500

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (414) 421-3500

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.