Fire & Smoke Damage. What to do and dont do before help arrives.
-Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
-Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
-Place dry colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
-If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely to prop doors open to help prevent odor.
-Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances, then protect thee surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
-If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks, and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
-Wash both sides of leaves on house plants.
-Change the HVAC filter, but leave the system off until a trained professional can check the system.
Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.
-Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO franchise professional.
-Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture.
-Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (including tv's, radios etc.)
-Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to the fire, heat or water.
-Turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement could cause secondary damage.
-Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.