Water Damage Tips
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Fire & Smoke Damage Tips
While it's not likely that you will require all the procedures on the list below, it's
always good to know what you should and should not do in an emergency situation. The following
tips were compiled by members of the National
Institute of Fire Restoration and are based on their wide experience in the fire and
smoke damage field. Examine your
particular situation and use the steps that apply.
DO THE FOLLOWING...
- Clean and protect chrome trim on kitchen appliances and bathroom faucets, tub fittings
and towel bars with a light coating of petroleum jelly or other oil.
- Blow off or brush-vacuum loose smoke particles from upholstery, drapes, carpets.
- Open windows for ventilation.
- Change furnace filter if blower is operating.
- Empty freezer/refrigerator completely if electricity is off and prop doors open with
a rolled towel or newspaper.
- Pour antifreeze in toilet bowls, sinks and tubs to prevent freezing if heat is off
- Wash plants on both sides of leaves with water (water softener helps).
- Call plumber to drain heating system if heat is off in winter.
- Remove pets (especially birds) to a clean environment.
DO NOT DO THE FOLLOWING...
- Wipe or attempt to wash walls, ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
- Use upholstered furniture that was involved in the fire, if it can be avoided.
- Use exposed food items, canned goods which have been subjected to excessive heat.
- Use TVs, stereos, computers or electrical appliances cleaned and/or checked.
- Send smoked garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set it smoke