Emergency Damage Control Tips: Smoke/Fire Damage

The first steps you take after fire damages your home can make the difference between.  The following are some do’s and dont’s with regard to fire damage in your home.

What to do:

  • Corrosive byproducts can cause irreversible etching in as few as 72 hours.  Call professional help.
  • If the temperature is above 60 degrees, air out the house to reduce smoke odor.
  • Clean formica, Chrome, porcelain and aluminum fixtures to prevent permanent tarnishing or etching.
  • Change air filter on your furnace if it uses forced hot air.
  • Tape damp cheesecloth over returns and supply registers to capture loose soot in the air.
  • Discard any open food packages.
  • If electricity is off, clean out the refrigerator and leave doors propped open.
  • Send clothing with heavy smoke damage to a qualified restoration dry cleaner.

What not to do:

  • Do not touch anything with bare hands.  Oil from your hands can permeate upholstery, walls, woodwork causing additional damage.
  • Do not wash walls.  Incorrect cleaning could compound soot residue.
  • Do not attempt to clean carpets or upholstered furniture.
  • Do not use electrical appliances until having them checked.
  • Do not use ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet.