Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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What To Do After A Fire

The immediate aftermath of a fire can feel confusing and overwhelming. The safety of you and others on your property is always the top concern, but once the fire has been put out, the fire mitigation and restoration process is the next most important thing. 

Once you have called our SERVPRO of Baytown/Channelview team, you can rest assured that our team will take care of all the fire damage cleanup and restoration process. We will also document all the damage and work with your insurance company to ensure that the process is as seamless as possible for you.

While you wait for our team to arrive, our fire damage tips down below can help give you some more clarity on what steps you can take. If you have any questions or are in need of our fire cleanup services, don't hesitate and give our SERVPRO team a call today!

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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.

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