Fire Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
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After any fire damage situation, it you may experience a sudden feeling of being overwhelmed. What should you do first? The following list can be helpful - but know that calling SERVPRO of Hackensack/Little Ferry can help guide you through the process and take the anxiety of restoring your home away.
- Your primary focus should be safety first: Is it safe to stay in the house? Even if it seems safe again, you should wait until a fire professional gives you the go-ahead before you re-enter your building.
- If fire has damaged your home or business, you will want to call close family and friends or business stakeholders to inform them about the situation.
- You’ll also want to call your insurance company. They can help you arrange temporary shelter and walk you through next steps.
- Remember to call the fire department to find out how you can obtain a copy of the fire report.
- In order to prevent further accidents or theft, make sure your property is secured.
- Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
- Start the Clean-Up Process - One reason why SERVPRO is such a trusted leader in the restoration industry is because of our dedication to responding immediately when you need restoration and clean-up help. We’re known to be “faster to any size disaster.”
The truth is: the quicker the response time, the better when it comes to minimizing damage and keeping costs low.
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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.