Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties is the area's leader in emergency response following fire and smoke related damage to residential and commercial properties. By offering 24-hour availability, using the latest equipment and specially formulated cleaning products, and a team of highly trained fire and smoke restoration personnel, SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties is ready to handle your fire damage emergency. Our team will respond and be on-site to begin fire and smoke restoration services within four hours of initial dispatch. Prior to the arrival of our emergency restoration team, here are a few pointers and actions that can be taken to greatly reduce the possibility of secondary damage following your fire or smoke damage.

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (802) 674-8004

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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