Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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The professionals at SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties understand that fire damage can be challenging to navigate. That's why we're here to help. Our technicians have years of experience and are IICRC certified in fire and smoke restoration. We're here to help you through the entire process, from start to finish.

When fire damage occurs, you will want to prioritize safety first. Things to consider regarding safety:

  • Is it safe to stay on the property? Of course, it would be if the fire was small and only caused damage to a specific area. However, if the fire was large or caused structural damage, it may not be safe to stay on the property.
  • Is the electricity turned off? You will want to ensure that the electricity is off before entering the property. Turning off the electricity will help to prevent any further damage from occurring.
  • Are there any hazards present? There may be hazardous materials present, such as asbestos or lead paint. 
  • Are there any noticeable structural concerns? You will want to look for structural problems such as cracks in the foundation or sagging ceilings. These concerns should be addressed by a professional before re-entering the property.
  • Is the air quality safe? Air quality can be affected by the fire. If you notice any smoke or soot in the air, leave the area immediately.

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (706) 353-3650

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.