Fire Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
Below are some "To Do's" and "Not To Do's" after the fire at your home or business has been put out. Even if the fire department has cleared the scene and given you the okay to re-enter the property it is important to remember that safety must come first. Things to be aware of in a fire damaged location include the quality of air, trip hazards from debris, electrical hazards from the fire damage and slip damages from any water damage.
Our team of certified technicians will usually arrive on site within 30-60 minutes, sometimes before the fire department leaves so we can usually assist with an initial walk through of the home and answer any questions you may have.
Please call us if we can be of any help. From our central location we can quickly service the Shakopee, Savage, Prior Lake and outlying areas of Carver and Scott County.
Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (952) 403-1050
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.