Do's & Don'ts of Fire Damage
As temperatures begin to rise, and we enter into summer, the risk for fires greatly increases. Even if you don't live in a high risk wildfire zone, the hot, dry weather still makes residential and commercial fires dangerous. The high temperature and dry winds help fuel the fire, causing more damage. If your home or business is affected by fire or smoke damage, follow these steps below, then give SERVPRO of Amador/Calaveras Counties a call 209-912-9205
What to do after a fire:
- Keep hands clean and wear gloves so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
- Avoid spreading soot through the home by placing clean towels or old linens on high traffic areas and carpet.
- If the electricity is off, empty the freezer and refrigerator as soon as possible and prop doors open to avoid odor from rotting food. Make sure to take photos for insurance purposes.
- Wash houseplants gently on both sides of leaves.
What NOT to do after a fire:
- Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting SERVPRO of Amador/Calaveras Counties.
- 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 the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
- Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may result in permanent damage.