Fire Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
Fire safety is always the first priority during a fire damage restoration. Consider:
- Is it safe to stay in the house? If the structural integrity of the walls or ceilings in your home are compromised, leave the area immediately.
- Is the air clean enough for your family and pets to breathe safely? If you are uncomfortable with the smoke damage, stay in an open area where you can all receive fresh air.
- Slip and fall accidents are very common after firefighting efforts flood a home or a fire extinguisher is used. People tend to slip as they step from wet flooring or carpet onto dry.
- If firefighting efforts have flooded your home, be aware that wet materials gain weight as they absorb water. Be careful when lifting them. If it’s too heavy to lift, leave it in place and allow our technicians to handle it.
If you’re unsure about the safety of your Dallas property, remove family members and pets from affected areas. Please wait for our team of professionals to arrive. We will assess the property upon arrival and begin fire damage restoration efforts.
SERVPRO of North Irving provides 24-hour residential and commercial restoration. We are fire damage experts and a trusted leader in the restoration industry. Call us any time.
Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (972) 986-7677
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.