Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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When Fire Damage is present in your home or business, SERVPRO of Wright County is here to help.  We provide 24 hour, 7 days a week, fire restoration services and tips for you to follow while waiting on our team to respond. After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first, if it safe to stay in the house?  Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns. If the property is no safe, don't try to do it alone.  If material is wet after fire fighting efforts, use caution as the content could be too heavy to lift.

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (763) 295-1161

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.