Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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After any Fire Loss, the primary focus should be safety first. Here are some tips for dealing with Fire Damage. 

1. Find A Place To Stay

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Ask some friends or relatives for space
  • Search for a hotel to stay at

2. Make a List of Losses

  • Insurance companies need a full list of damage items asap.
  • If possible include: date of purchase, brand name, the price you paid and description of each item.

3. Electrical & "slip and fall" hazards are of concern.

  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!
  • Professional Help is on the way

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (903) 561-0168

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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