Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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When the firefighters are done, and the smoke has somewhat cleared, the mess left by a fire can be confusing, and the clean up process can seem daunting. When you give us a call here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County, we can get moving to your location right away to provide a helping hand and to help clean up the mess. We have specially trained technicians and equipment to help get your home back to its pre-fire condition and get your life back on track. While you’re waiting for help to arrive, take a look at the list of tips below to get started on restoring your home.

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (817) 595-2506

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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