What do I do when I have a fire?

What To Do If You Have Fire Or Smoke Damage:

  1. Area Rugs: Roll up to prevent additional soiling from walking on them.
  2. Food: Discard open food packages. The food could be contaminated
  3. Refrigerator: If electricity is turned off, clean out your freezer and refrigerator. Leave the doors propped open or place charcoal in the unit.
  4. Clothing: Send clothing with heavy smoke damage to a qualified professional dry cleaner that specializes in smoke damage.
  5. Prevent Damage: Clean Formica and chrome fixtures in the kitchen and bathroom to prevent permanent tarnishing. Wipe residue from porcelain bath fixtures to prevent etching.
  6. Heating and Cooling System: change the air filter on your furnace if it uses forced hot air. Tape cheesecloth over intake and outlet air registers to capture any loose soot in the air.
  7. Odor: If the outside temperature is above 60 degrees, air out the house to reduce smoke odor.
  8. Do Not Wait: Call for professional help. Smoke and soot do more damage as they sit.

What Not To Do If You Have Fire Or Smoke Damage

  1. Do not attempt to wash any papered or flat painted walls without consulting your professional cleaner.
  2. Incorrect cleaning procedures could compound the soot residue problem
  3. Do not attempt to clean carpets or upholstered furniture. Again, incorrect procedures could increase damage.
  4. Do not use electrical appliances that have been close to fire or water before having them checked. They could malfunction.
  5. Do not use ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. A short circuit could result.
  6. Do not touch anything. Oil on your hands can permeate upholstery, walls, and woodwork, causing further damage.