Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Fire safety is a crucial aspect of maintaining a secure and protected home. Taking proactive measures to prevent fires not only safeguards your property but also ensures the safety of your loved ones. In this blog, we will share essential fire safety tips to help you reduce the risk of fire and create a safer living environment.

Install Smoke Alarms:
Ensure that smoke alarms are installed on every level of your home, including inside each bedroom. Regularly test and replace the batteries to keep them functioning properly. 

Handle Electrical Appliances with Care:
Avoid overloading electrical outlets and use power strips with built-in circuit breakers. Regularly inspect cords for fraying or damage and replace them if necessary. Unplug appliances when not in use, and never run cords under carpets or rugs.

Create and Practice an Escape Plan:
Develop a fire escape plan for your family and practice it regularly. Identify two exit routes from each room and establish a designated meeting place outside the house. 

Store Flammable Materials Properly:
Store flammable liquids, such as gasoline and paint, in a well-ventilated area away from ignition sources.

Preventing fires requires a combination of awareness, caution, and preparedness. By following these fire safety tips, you can significantly reduce the risk of a fire occurring in your home. Remember, the safety of your loved ones and the protection of your property are worth the extra effort. Stay vigilant, practice fire safety, and always be prepared.

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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.