Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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A home or business fire can be one of the most serious disasters that can happen to anyone. Aside from obvious dangers posed by rapidly-spreading fire, the damage done can be devastating, which can result in total destruction of the property.

A fire can be a traumatic experience, and it's important to respond with a sense of urgency. In order to prevent further damage, your home or business will need to be professionally cleaned and restored as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Denver West specializes in residential and commercial damage restoration and has the expertise to know just what to do should you experience a fire.

In many cases, re-entering a fire-damaged building is often highly discouraged. Aside from structural damage that could lead to further injury, there may be unsafe electrical wiring and gas line issues that could make damages even worse. Firefighters will clear your home or business for safe re-entry after a fire. They will also say if your utilities are safe to use, and will usually turn them off if they aren't. 

The road of recovery from a severe fire is long and difficult. SERVPRO of Denver West can assist with the restoration process,

Call SERVPRO of Denver West today (303) 576-6868

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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.