Fire Damage Tips (Do’s & Don’ts)

  • Contact a professional cleaner who specializes in fire/water damage restoration
  • Secure your property by boarding broken windows and doors
  • If possible take pictures of the fire area to photo document the damage to the building and contents
  • After photo documenting the area, eliminate all access to the fire area until the fire department and your insurance company have done their investigation.
  • Limit access to the entire building to prevent further damage.
  • Place towels or sheets on carpet traffic areas and soft furniture to prevent soiling from worsening.
  • Place cardboard on tile flooring to limit additional soiling on tile surface and grout.
  • If the electricity is off empty your refrigerator and freezer.
  • If the electricity is still on, turn off your HVAC system to limit the spread of soot & smoke. If you need to maintain heat to keep the building from freezing, change the filters frequently.
  • If water from the fire fighting is coming through ceiling electrical outlets/fixtures, isolate those circuits by turning off the electricity at the breaker panel.
  • Do not use foods that were open prior to the fire and canned goods exposed to heat.
  • Do not attempt cleaning painted or porous surfaces before you talk to a professional cleaner.
  • Do not clean electrical appliances.
  • Do not attempt to clean personal property before seeking advice from a professional cleaner.