What To Do In A Fire Emergency
Fires can spread fast and cause immediate damage, but we at SERVPRO are here to help restore your home. As with all natural disasters, you and your family should first assess the situation and determine if it is safe to stay in your home. If you decide to stay in your home, SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton & Southern Lake Counties would like to offer pertinent information to keep you safe while we are on our way to help.
After a fire, make sure to limit movement in your home, as soot particles can get embedded into upholstery and carpets. We recommend placing clean towels or old linens on any rugs or upholstery. In this regard, keeping your hands clean will prevent further soiling to upholstery, walls and woodwork. As we mention on our website, if you have houseplants wash them on both sides of the leaves. We also suggest changing the HVAC filter and taping double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.
However, there are several activities you should not to before we arrive. These include attempting to wash any walls or painted surfaces, or shampoo carpet or upholstery. Avoid cleaning electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water. You should also avoid using any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water. If the ceiling is wet, do not turn on ceiling fixtures, as the wiring may be damaged.
Once our SERVPRO professionals arrive, we will handle the rest. We'll be there no matter the disaster- your safety is our main priority.