Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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After fire damage in your home or business, your property may be covered in smoke, soot, and ash. It's important to not touch items that are covered in fire residues, as oils in your skin can easily disturb the residue. It's important to turn off the HVAC system after a fire to prohibit the spread of smoke particles. SERVPRO of Harrisonville/Belton/Raymore has the equipment and team to restore fire damaged properties, no matter the size or severity. We work around the clock to ensure "Faster to any size Disaster" service. In only a matter of time, your property will be returned back to preloss conditions.

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (816) 884-2240

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.