Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Below are some What To-Do’s and What Not To-Do’s after the fire at your home or business has been put out. Even if the fire department has cleared the scene and given you the green light to re-enter the premises, it is important to remember that safety always comes first! Thins to be aware of in a fire damaged location include the quality of air, trip hazards from debris, electrical hazards from the fire damage, and slip hazards from any water damage. Often times, people forget that water damage can be severe after the fire department puts out a fire.

Our team of authorized technicians will try to arrive on-site within 60 minutes of your call, even sometimes before the fire department leaves! We can usually assist with an initial walk through of the property and answer any questions you may have. Whether your questions consist of what do to after a house fire with no insurance, what the health risks after a house fire are, and what to throw away after a fire, we are a resource that has the answers!

Please give us a call because we can be a one stop shop for you! From our central location, we can quickly service the Shakopee, Savage, Prior Lake, and outlying areas of Carver County and Scott County.

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (952) 403-1050

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.