Fire Damage Emergency Tips

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Bonfire Tips

Cold weather makes for fun bonfires outside with family and friends. Whether using an actual fire pit or just throwing wood in a big pile and lighting it up, there are some things to check off a list to make sure everyone is safe. Here are some tips on having a safe bonfire.

  • Only burn dry material
  • Check for cables or wires overhead
  • Keep a water source nearby 
  • Make sure that the fire is at a minimum distance of 5x its height from any structure

Lets not ruin the fun and turn a nice bonfire into a huge disaster. By following these tips, you can help prevent a major fire.

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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.