Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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The aftermath of a fire can be very disorientating and overwhelming. Even the smallest fire can lead to a ton of soot and smoke damage all throughout your property. What do you do after a fire?

We urge our Los Gatos community to call our local SERVPRO team as quickly as possible. We offer our emergency cleanup services around the clock, so we can be there at a moment's notice. Until our team arrives, there are a few do's and don'ts. Safety is always of the utmost concern. Take a minute to review our Fire Damage Tips down below to be better prepared in the event of a fire. 

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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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