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Important Considerations After a Fire

4/30/2017 (Permalink)

If you're seeing discoloration on the building materials, you're likely breathing contaminated air. Use proper respiratory protection.

Safety is always the first thing to keep in mind after experiencing a house fire. Remember, you’ve probably never been through this before – you probably don’t know what you don’t know. We at SERVPRO of Miami Beach encourage you to take the safe approach and be as cautious as possible.

  • Air quality can be a major concern for occupants. It is likely that materials caught fire and debris were sent airborne. These could be toxigenic. Without proper respiratory protection you will be consuming these items.
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Use the buddy system.  Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Lift wet mateials with your knees/legs – not your back. Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

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.


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