Fire Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
Whether you're a long-time resident or new to the area, it's important to know what to do in the event of a fire in your home. Here are some fire damage tips for Dallas homeowners:
Stay Safe: The most important thing is to make sure you and your family are safe. If there's a fire in your home, get out as quickly and safely as possible. Do not attempt to put out the fire yourself, and don't go back into the building until it's been declared safe by the authorities.
Call 911: Once you're safely outside, call 911. Stay on the line until the operator tells you it's safe to hang up. Provide your address and any other relevant information, such as the location of the fire and whether anyone is still inside.
Contact Your Insurance Company: Contact your insurance company as soon as possible to report the fire damage. They'll send an adjuster to assess the damage and determine what's covered under your policy.
Be Patient: Fire damage restoration is a lengthy process, and it may take several weeks or even months to complete. Be patient and work closely with your restoration company and insurance adjuster to ensure that your home is restored to its pre-damaged condition as quickly and efficiently as possible.
By following these fire damage tips, you can protect your family and your property in the event of a fire in your Dallas home.
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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.