Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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After a fire, SERVPRO of Crescenta Valley/East Glendale stresses the importance of safety first! Here are some tips to help you assess the situation:

  • Always follow the directions of local firefighters and leave the premises for the recommended period of time. Many local properties are situated along the foothills which may still provide a fire threat to your property. 
  • If it is safe to return to your property, be careful of wet surfaces as "slip and fall" hazards exist after firefighters put out a fire
  • Avoid burn areas if you or anyone else has respiratory health concerns as the air may not be clean at this point
  • Do not try to perform any activities that you are not trained to complete

If your property has experienced fire or smoke damage, contact SERVPRO of Crescenta Valley/East Glendale today! (818) 790-2021

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (818) 790-2021

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.

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