Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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There are several major concerns present post-fire. Is it safe to be in your home? What is the extent of the damage? Can your property be restored? We understand that you will feel overwhelmed after a fire loss and our SERVPRO of Bradley County team wants to be there to help you. 

Once the flames have been put out and the smoke has settled, you will most likely have suffered from fire, soot, and smoke damage throughout your property. Even the smallest fire can leave behind a ton of smoke and soot damage that needs expert care. Our SERVPRO of Bradley County team is the leading fire damage cleanup and restoration expert and we are always on standby and ready to help!

Take a few minutes to review our Fire Damage Tips down below to learn more about the steps you can take post-fire.

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (423) 614-5552

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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