Fire Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
Here are three easy and significant steps to take safety precaution in your home/business.
Step #1: Have An Evacuation Plan
Having an evacuation plan is an extremely important part of keeping yourself, as well as your employees safe. Make sure that every employee is aware of the evacuation plan. It is best to practice this fire drill at least once a month.
Step #2: Have Smoke Alarms
Having operating smoke alarms is a crucial way to alert people of smoke and a possible fire. The smoke alarms in your house/business should be tested at least once a month, and the batteries should be replaced twice a year.
Step #3: Obtain Several Fire Extinguishers
Having several fire extinguishers in your home will allow you to have a better chance of controlling a small fire. As a homeowner, it is essential that every family member is informed of where they are located, as well as training how to use them, in case a fire breaks out.
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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.