Until Help Arrives

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety.

  • Is it safe to stay in my house?
  • Electrical and slippery hazards are central concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to execute.
  • Wet materials can be extremely heavy – be careful!

What to do after a fire:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being absorbed into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so you don’t soil more 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 a Principle Restoration professional.
  • 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 garnets to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

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