Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Fire damage has a way of leaving a terrible odors and residue around the home.  Water damage also goes hand in hand with Fire damage as firefighter eqiupment along with burst pipes cause lots of water damages due to fires as well.

Some things to take into consideration when experiencing fire damage are

  • Safety comes first
  • If you must remove yourself from the home, do so
  • Smoke and soot can cause health effects
  • Let the professionals do the work
  • Fire damage takes deep cleaning and restoration to fix
  • Be prepared to be away or out of your home for a period of time if fire damage is sever

SERVPRO of Fredericksburg takes pride in how quickly they restore fire damaged homes.  We understand that your home is top priority to you and do the absolute best we can at quickly removing damages to make your home livable again.  

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (540) 373-7000

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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