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Fire/ Smoke Damage

Useful Information  |  Preventing Further Damage  |  Water Damage  |  Vandalism

After water, fire, smoke, or vandalism damage to your home, your prompt action can minimize long-term damage.  The safe and simple steps listed in this brochure can assist you in restoring your home to its pre-loss condition.  Incorrect actions can be costly mistakes.  These "Do's" and "Don'ts" are listed for your information and protection.

Fire/ Smoke Damage:


  • Limit the movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being impregnated into the upholstery and carpet.

  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over all air registers.

  • Change furnace filters.

  • Cover upholstery with sheets (unless upholstery has been dampened)

  • Blow off or brush loose smoke particles from upholstery, drapes, and carpet.

  • Open windows for ventilation in warm weather.

  • Clean and protect chrome trim on kitchen/bathroom fixtures and appliances with a light coating of petroleum jelly or light oil.

  • Empty freezer and refrigerator completely if electricity is off.  (Prop doors open with rolled towel or newspaper).  Discard any opened food containers - they may be contaminated.

  • Wash plants with water on both sides of leaves.

  • Remove pets (especially birds) to a clean environment.

  • Send clothing with heavy smoke damage to a professional restoration cleaner rather than any dry cleaning company.

Do Not's

  • Do not use televisions, stereos, or electrical appliances until cleaned and checked.

  • Do not use do-it-yourself home carpet or upholstery cleaners.

  • Do not wash any papered or flat painted walls without consulting your professional cleaner.  Incorrect cleaning procedures could compound the soot residue problem.

  • Do not eat food that has been exposed to heat/smoke - it may be contaminated.

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