Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Experiencing a fire in your home or business can be a devastating experience. While it is important to contact a professional fire damage remediation company like SERVPRO of Downtown Houston - Team Wilson as soon as possible, there are a few things you can do to help minimize the damage and protect your property.   First and foremost, it is important to prioritize your safety and the safety of those around you. Make sure that everyone is out of the building and that you are a safe distance away before attempting to take any action.   Next, be sure to contact the appropriate authorities, such as the fire department and your insurance company, as soon as possible. The fire department can ensure that the fire is fully extinguished and that the building is safe to re-enter, while your insurance company can provide guidance on the claims process and any coverage you may have.   It is also important to avoid touching or attempting to clean up any debris or damaged areas, as this can cause further damage or spread harmful contaminants. Instead, wait for the professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Houston - Team Wilson to arrive and assess the damage.   Finally, be sure to document the damage by taking photos and keeping a detailed record of any items that were lost or damaged. This will be helpful when working with your insurance company to file a claim and determine the appropriate coverage.  

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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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