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There Was a Fire in My Cleveland Home, Now What?

8/4/2023 (Permalink)

firefighters in front of burning house Your local SERVPRO is here with some tips on what to do after a fire. The first thing you should do is call SERVPRO.

A fire in your Shaker Heights home can have both physical and emotional damage. You may be confused and unsure of what to do following a fire event. Your local SERVPRO is here with some tips on what to do after a fire. The first thing you should do is call SERVPRO. We have a 24/7 response with immediate board up / tarp up service available.

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Now that you have determined it is safe, here is what you can do:

  • 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 a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change the HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

There are equal amount of things that you should not such as:

  • 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 the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Do not forget the first tip, to call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast when you experience a fire. Call us today at (216) 464-4498 or visit our Website for all of your fire damage needs. We are Here to Help!

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