Fire Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
After Fire Damage
If you experience a holiday fire because of overheated Christmas lights, a candle let lit or a family dinner gone wrong, our team at SERVPRO of Clay County is available to help 24/7/365, even during the winter holiday season. The holidays have an increase in potential fire risks, and if this unfortunate event happens to you, our team has the knowledge and equipment to restore and cleanup your property after fire damage.
While you wait for our team to arrive, please read the few tips below to get started on the cleanup and restoration process.
Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (816) 436-7420
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.