Fire Tips for Before SERVPRO Arrives
One of the best pieces of advice that we try to give to our customers is, don’t try to clean up after a fire yourself. The soot and ash you see is considered to be toxic and has the potential to cause health problems if it is not handled properly. The act of trying to clean your home can actually result in more damage if not done right. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara has the right training and tools to guaranty that the job is done correctly the first time.
Helpful Tips for After a Fire
This may sound obvious but if the weather is nice outside, open your windows to air out the house to reduce smoke odor
Smoke is acidic so you need to clean any chrome, porcelain or aluminum fixtures to prevent tarnishing or etching
Make sure to change the air filter for your furnace
Throw away any packages of food that the smoke may have touched
If you lose your electric power, take all food out of the refrigerator and keep the doors open
Any clothing with heavy smoke damage can be sent to a dry cleaner that specializes in smoke restoration
Things Not to Do After a fire
Try not to touch any surfaces with your bare hands. Oil from your fingers can affect soot on upholstery, walls, or woodwork and lead to additional damage.
Don’t try to wash your walls. Using the wrong cleaning solutions can end up making the situation worse.
Do not clean your carpets, rugs or upholstered furniture. You might set the stains permanently.
Wait to use your electrical appliances till after they have been examined for safety.
If water was used to extinguish the fire, don’t use lights or ceiling fans until they have been cleared for use