Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Every 24 seconds, a United States fire department responds to a fire somewhere in the nation according to the National Fire Protection Association. A fire can leave behind soot, smoke damage, and a host of other problems.  If your home or business suffers a fire, it is important to take the appropriate steps to prevent further damage until SERVPRO of Dane County West arrives.  With the industry-approved training to employ rapid response, the utmost professionalism, cutting-edge technology, and open communication, we strive to restore not only the property but peace of mind as well. After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first.

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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.