After A Fire
If your home or office should sustain fire damage, occupant safety should be your first concern! After the fire fighters have left, consider the following before going in the building:
- Is the house or office building structurally sound?
- Wet materials can be very heavy, so be careful lifting any contents that are wet.
- Common post-fire accidents involve slip and fall hazards or electrical-related incidents.
- Only do activities that can be safely performed.
What NOT To Do After A Fire
- Don't attempt to clean or use any electrical appliances that may have been close to the fire or that were exposed to high 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 or exposed to high heat or water.
- Don't turn on any lights or electrical appliances or fixtures if the walls or ceiling have fire damage or are wet. There might be damage to the wiring.
- Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery.
- Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning could set smoke odor.
What To Do After A Fire
- Call a qualified restoration company, like SERVPRO of McKinney, for proper cleaning of the structure and contents that were not destroyed.
- Limit movement in the home or office to prevent soot particles from becoming embedded into the carpet or upholstered furniture.
- Keep your hands clean to avoid further damage to upholstery, walls and woodwork.
- Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet.
- If the electricity is off, empty the refrigerator and freezer, then keep the doors open.
- Clean and protect metallic finishes, like chrome or brass, with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
- Change the HVAC filter.
- Tape double layers of cheesecloth over the air registers.
- Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.