Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Tips to Prevent Fire Damage in Your Home

A fire can happen anywhere and anytime. In fact, your home is one of the most likely places for a fire to start because you have all those electronic devices that are plugged in. Here are a few tips on how to prevent a potential disaster from happening:

Change the batteries in your smoke alarms at least twice a year, whether they need it or not. If you have older model smoke detectors with non-replaceable (long lasting) lithium battery backs make sure to check with your manufacturer regarding when replacement is required as these can last up to ten years before needing any replacement.

Make sure your smoke detectors are working properly by testing them monthly. If you have any doubts about their condition, replace them immediately. The faster a fire is detected, the less damage it will cause and the better chance you have of escaping safely.

If something catches fire in your kitchen make sure everyone knows how to get out of the house but also know where smoke is pouring from so that you can alert others about an exit route as well as not getting trapped by flames themselves. If possible try to extinguish any open flame before leaving yourself (e.g., using baking soda) and always close doors behind you when fleeing; this may prevent further spreading of fire.

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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.