Fire Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
If your Saline County or Hot Springs home has been affected by a fire, your first focus should be your own safety. Before you re-enter your home, keep these considerations in mind:
- Make sure your home is safe to enter. Be sure to wait for the fire department to deem your home safe to enter and follow any safety guidelines they give.
- The most prevalent concerns in your home will be electrical dangers and "slip and fall" hazards. Be sure to watch where you step and be careful what you touch.
- Only perform activities that are safe for you to do. If you need help, call a professional!
- Wet materials will be very heavy, be careful while moving items.
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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.