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.