Fire Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
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.