Fire Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
Fire Prevention Tips:
- Make sure all contents are at least 3 feet away from heaters, portable, baseboard, or wall heaters.
- Keep bathroom ceiling fans clean!
- Change your HVAC filter once a month
- Vacuum your refrigerator condenser area. This is generally located on the backside of the fridge.
- Do not cook when you are tired or intoxicated.
- Do not leave candles burning overnight or when you are not home.
Dont's after a fire:
- Do not attempt to clean or restore the affected areas. Burned materials are very toxic and generally contains tons of carcinogens.
- Do not move the cause of the fire. Insurance companies will require documentation of the cause of loss.
- Do not go into rooms where the ceiling, walls, or structural supports have fallen.
Do's after a fire:
- Do call your insurance carrier in the case that you need to file a claim
- Do get out as quickly as possible and stay out of the home until you are cleared by the Fire department or other inspector
- Do use safety equipment such as safety glasses, gloves, and respirators when you return to the home
- Do take your valuable and prized possessions such as documents and photos.
Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (503) 648-8513
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.