Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Real-Time Fire Emergency Strategies to Protect Your Miami Home

It is always advisable during a fire loss incident to do whatever possible to protect your family and pets from imminent hazards. Often this means abandoning the property altogether until it is turned back over to you after extinguishment and initial safety inspections have taken place from first responders and firefighters. While there might be little time to make a substantial difference in the restoration work to come once you recognize a fire emergency in your Miami home, there are some tips that can help you through this difficult time.

Trusting In the Process

It does not take much for a loss incident to be overwhelming for Miami homeowners, especially when many of their prized possessions and keepsakes have gotten destroyed by the incident. By seeking out the professionals of our SERVPRO team for these recovery needs, you are placing experienced technicians at the helm to steer the restoration of your property through various stages of revitalization, including:

  • Content management
  • Deodorization
  • Controlled demolition
  • Full-scale reconstruction
  • Cleaning
  • Air quality improvement

How Can You Help?

There are steps that you can take to help technicians to restore your home more efficiently.

  • Be vocal about your priorities, so pressing issues get resolved first
  • Communicate with restoration professionals about pre-existing conditions and loss effects you have noticed
  • Stay flexible to changing techniques, approaches, and equipment
  • Keep your own records and photographs of the damage

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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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