Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Homes catch fire for a variety of reasons with around 50% resulting from the kitchen.  Here are a couple tips to mitigate any fire damage:

  • Before a fire happens, make sure you have smoke alarms... and that they are working.  Think about changing out batteries every 6-12 months.
  • When buying new furniture or other items for your home, make sure smoke resistant material is a consideration.
  • Make sure you know where your circuit breaker box is located.  If each individual circuit is not labeled, make sure to label them.
  • After a fire, check for any gas or unusual smells.  If there is a gas smell, leave the premises immediately and call your gas company or the city.
  • Check for any exposed wiring, turn off electricity in these areas.
  • Often water will be present after a fire due to the help from the fire department.  Move electrical wiring away from any water with a non-conductive item.
  • If it has not been more than 24 hours, remove and salvage any food from your refrigerator.  
  • Inventory, document, and take pictures of any items before discarding.  This is important information to get reimbursed if insurance is being utilized.
  • Last, call a great fire restoration company like SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas to get things cleaned up and restored.

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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.

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