Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Tips for Fire Damage from SERVPRO of Scarsdale/Mount Vernon

In the aftermath of fire damage, your property and belongings are more than likely damaged. After the fire has been extinguished, you could be facing not only smoke and soot damage but also water damage after the use of a fire extinguisher. These situations are the time for professional help. While putting out fires is handled by emergency professionals, the cleanup and restoration of your structure and belongings should also be handled by professionals. The biggest tip we at SERVPRO of Scarsdale/Mount Vernon are able to share is to always trust the professionals to handle the damage and clean up. 

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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.

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