Fire and Smoke Damage Tips
According to the NFPA cooking is the leading cause of house fires in the U.S. and 42% of house fires started in the Kitchen. Use timers and keep an eye on food when you are cooking.
- 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 and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
- Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
- If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilets bowls, holding tanks, and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
- Wash both sides of leaves on houseplants.
- Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.
- Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of sott from getting in or out of the HVAC system.
- Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your local SERVPRO.
- Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your local SERVPRO.
- Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV's, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
- Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. (They may be contaminated.)
- 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.
- Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor. (You may send them to one who regularly deals with restoration, ask us for names.)