Fire & Smoke Damage

The following Emergency Tips were compiled by members and staff of the National Institute of Disaster Restoration based on their wide experience with various types of damage. It is not likely that your situation will require all of these procedures. Apply those which common sense indicates are appropriate.

After fire damage, it is natural to want to jump right in and clean the building and contents. Timely action can be a great help, but incorrect action can jeopardize or impede satisfactory restoration

Do …Clean & protect chrome trim on faucets and other bright work by washing with detergent and applying a coating of petroleumBlow off or brush-vacuum loose smoke particles from upholstery, draperies and carpeting

Open windows for ventilation if weather permits

Empty refrigerators and freezers if electricity is off and prop doors open with a rolled towel or newspaper to allow air circulation

Pour antifreeze in toilet bowls, tanks, sink and tub drains to prevent freeze damage if heat is off in winter

Call a plumber to drain and blow out all water lines if heat is off in winter

Remove pets to clean environment if heavy fire residues are present

Send a sample group of garments for cleaning and deodorization in order to observe the results

Retain a contractor to board up open windows, roofs or other penetrations in order to prevent additional damage

Do Not …Wipe or attempt to wash fire residues from walls, ceilings, or other absorbent surfacesUse carpeting or upholstered furniture impacted by heavy smoke residues or debris

Use food items or canned goods exposed to heat

Turn on computers, TV’s, stereos, or electrical appliances until they have been cleaned and checked

Disclaimer: The information and our technical advice – whether verbal or in writing or by way of trials – are given in good faith, but without warranty, and this also applies where proprietary rights of third parties are involved. Our advice does not release you from the obligation to check its validity and to test products as to the suitability for the intended processes and uses.