Fire Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
Before and After any fire loss, the primary focus should be safety first. We will always recommend implementing a fire safety plan, if not already doing so.
Find A Place To Stay
- Is it safe to stay in the house?
- Ask some friends or relatives for space.
- Search for a hotel to stay at.
Make a List of Losses
- Insurance companies need a full list of damage items asap.
- If possible include: date of purchase, brand name, the price you paid and description of each item.
Electrical & "slip and fall" Hazards are of concern
- Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!
Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (305) 594-2956
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.