Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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A fire in your home or business can be confusing, overwhelming, and devastating. To compound issues, in the aftermath of the fire it will be your responsibility as the owner or property manager to make some important decisions in regards to the cleanup and restoration of the fire damaged building. It is important to keep calm and a clear head in stressful situations such as these, and think through the situation practically and logically. The good news is that you don't have to face fire damage alone. SERVPRO of Bartow County can take the all too common "headaches" out of repairing or remodeling your home or business. Let us make life easy on you by handling the scheduling and coordination of contractors and specialized tradesmen, with our team of industry professionals. Our team will remove all of the guess work from choosing and scheduling reputable contractors, gathering quotes, and working with insurance companies and adjusters on coverage and policy minutiae. SERVPRO of Bartow County can make it "Like it never even happened!"

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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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