Do's and Don'ts of Fire & Smoke Damage
- Limit the movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
- Keeps hands clean, Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
- Place dry, colorfast towels on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.
- If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open.
- Clean soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances and protect with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
- Pour RV antifreeze into sinks, toilet bowls and tubs if heat is off during freezing season.
- Wash both sides of leaves on house plants.
- Change HVAC filters.
- Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.
- Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of S.E. Monroe County!
- Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of S.E. Monroe County.
- Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV, Radio, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first contacting an authorized repair service.
- Consume any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. (they may be contaminated)
- Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged.
- Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.