Fire Damage - The DO's and DON'T's
After a fire has occurred, it is not only important to know what to DO until help arrives, but may be even more important to know what you DON'T do. Here are a few tips from SERVPRO of NORTH Morris County:
Ø Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
Ø Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
Ø Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
Ø If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
Ø Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
Ø If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
Ø Wash both sides of leaves on house plants.
Ø Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.
Ø Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.
Ø Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO® Franchise Professional.
Ø Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO® Franchise Professional.
Ø Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
Ø Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. (They may be contaminated.)
Ø Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
Ø Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.