Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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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. 

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (501) 776-2222

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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