Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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After your home or business suffers fire damage, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Only enter after the local authorities say it’s safe to do so
  • Look for and avoid any electrical and "slip and fall" hazards
  • Be sure what you’re planning to do on your fire damaged property is a safe activity
  • Take care if you’re moving wet materials because they can be dangerously heavy

Read SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield’s recommendations below. For more details, many of our blog posts provide specifics. Three that Connecticut residents and business owners may find particularly helpful are 11 Fire Safety Guidelines, Fire’s Out. Now Prevent Further Damage,  and 10 Key Fire and Fire Damage Facts.

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (860) 216-2785

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.