Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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It is very difficult to know what steps to take after a fire. What should you do? What should you avoid? What is safe? What is unsafe? Down below, we have written some do's and don'ts after a fire. Your first priority should be the safety of everyone present on your property during the fire.

Once the firefighters have arrived at the scene and are working on putting out the fire, you can give our SERVPRO of Big Bear/Lake Arrowhead/NE Rancho Cucamonga team a call! Even before the flames have been put out, our team can respond and prepare to get to work as quickly as possible!

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (909) 878-0302

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.