Do you have a fire damage situation? While these may not fit your unique emergency, here are a few guidelines about the steps you should take.
1. Follow all safety procedures
Never reenter a home or building until the firefighters on scene have given the all clear.
Once you have permission to reenter the property, proceed with caution. Leave children outside under adult supervision. While emergency responders should have already checked for structural damage, electrical hazards, and slip and fall hazards, it never hurts to be careful and check again yourself.
Never enter a room with a sagging ceiling, since this is a sign of structural damage and possibly electrical damage as well. Wear a mask until you’re sure that all smoke has cleared. Gloves should be worn when handling anything inside the fire damage area to prevent injury from residual heat or sharp debris.
2. Fire Damage Cleanup
Any safety hazards such as sharp debris from broken lamps or vases need removed first, but only if it is safe to do so. If electricity is off, empty the freezer and refrigerator immediately to prevent food spoilage. Then, prop doors open to allow appliances to air out. HVAC filters need changed promptly and a double layer of cheesecloth need taped over air registers.
If all imminent safety hazards are addressed, the focus can turn to remaining damage. Movement through the building should be limited to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets. To prevent further soiling of upholstery, walls and woodwork, keep hands clean at all times, washing them frequently and wearing gloves. Also consider placing clean towels over rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas. Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves to prevent further damage and move outside if possible.
3. Triage Restoration: The Best in Philadelphia Fire Damage Restoration
Fire damage situations are very stressful. Streamline your cleanup by calling Triage Restoration. Our services include:
- Smoke Odor Removal
- Soot Removal
- Professional Deodorization
- Structural Repair
Triage technicians are here to talk you through every step of the fire damage remediation and restoration process.
Call us at 215-399-9590 or reach us online via our website today. In a fire damage emergency, every second counts. You can’t afford to wait.