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Tips and Precautions for Fire & Smoke Repair

  1. Don't wipe or attempt to wash fire residues from walls, ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
  2. Stay away from carpeting or upholstered furniture impacted by heavy smoke residues or debris.
  3. Don't use food items or canned goods exposed to heat.
  4. Don't turn on computers, TVs, stereos, or other electrical appliances until they have been cleaned and checked.
  5. Do clean and protect chrome trim on faucets by washing with detergent and applying a coating of Vaseline or oil.
  6. Do blow off or brush-vacuum loose smoke particles from upholstery, draperies, and carpeting.
  7. Do open windows for ventilation, if weather permits.
  8. Do empty refrigerators and freezers if electricity is off. And, prop doors open with a rolled towel or newspaper to allow air circulation.
  9. Do pour antifreeze in toilet bowls, tanks, sinks, and tub drains to prevent freeze damage if heat is off in the winter.
  10. Do call a plumber to drain and blow out all water lines if heat is off in winter.
  11. Do remove pets to a clean environment if heavy fire residues are present.
  12. Do send a sample group of garments for cleaning and deodorization in order to observe the results.
  13. Do retain a contractor to board up open windows, roofs, or other penetrations in order to prevent additional damage.

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