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 carpetingOpen 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 debrisUse food items or canned goods exposed to heat
Turn on computers, TV’s, stereos, or electrical appliances until they have been cleaned and checked
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