Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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The aftermath and dealing with a  fire can be stressful and chaotic. No matter the size of the fire, the emotions and the damage that it can cause to your home, furniture and possessions can leave you feeling lost. SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn is here to help and take the stress away. Our certified technicians are equipped with specialized fire damage equipment and the professional knowledge to help you through this tough time. When dealing with fire damage, your primary focus should be your safety. Once we arrive, we'll be sure to treat your property and belongings with the upmost care. 

See the fire damage tips below after you contact SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn.

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (718) 522-4400

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.