Fire & Smoke Damage
Limit movement in the house to prevent soot particles from being
embedded into upholstery and carpet.
Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls
Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet
If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and
prop doors open to help prevent odor.
Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and
appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of
If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls
holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
Wash both sides of leaves on house plants.
Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional
can check the system.
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 the restoration company.
Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture
without first contacting the restoration company.
Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets,
radios, etc...) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without
first consulting with an authorized repair service.
Consume any food or beverages that may have been
stored close to fire, heat or water. They may have been
Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet.
Wiring may be wet or damaged and may cause electrical shock; and air
movement may create secondary damage.
Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper
cleaning may set in smoke odor.