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California Wildfires Cleanup

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

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When our are has a little to no rain and continued dry conditions will turn the hills behind Santa Barbara into a tinderbox.  In recent years, we have experienced the smoke, ash, and flames from The Gap Fire, The Jesusita Fire, The Tea Fire, and The Thomas Fire.  Historically, there have been many other wildfires in our town as nature exerts its powerful forces.  We have to expect that in the future, wildfires will continue to be a problem for us here locally.Strong winds and low relative humidity have caused wildfires to quickly erupt across California. Extended drought and high temperatures have led to drier than normal conditions across the area, further fueling the wildfires.

Personal safety is always the primary concern in these situations, the first several days after the fire is under control is the critical time to preventing secondary damages from smoke and soot. Once the local authorities say it is safe to return to your home and/or business, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara would like to offer the following steps to help minimize additional harmful effects.

DO:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Brush vacuum loose soot particles from upholstery, drapes and carpet.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances with light coating of Vaseline or oil.
  • Wash house plants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

DON’T:

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances, TV sets, radios, etc. that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first 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. They may have been contaminated.
  • 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. 

Even if your property didn’t suffer fire damage, there could be soot particles and residues left to clean up. If not cleaned properly, the odor and effects can linger long after the fire has been put out. From the structure itself to the contents inside, SERVPRO Professionals use the latest technology and training to leave your property smelling fresh and clean. Call us anytime for help 24/7/365

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara (805) 963-0606

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