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Do's and Don'ts of Fire & Smoke Damage

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

Community Do's and Don'ts of Fire & Smoke Damage What To Do Until Help Arrives

Fire and Smoke Damage


  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot and particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on the hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
  • Wash both sides of leaves on houseplants.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop soot particles from getting in or out of the HVAC system.


  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your local SERVPRO Franchise professional.
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Consume and food or beverages that may have ben stored close to fire, heat, or water damage. These items may be contaminated.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may also be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Send affected garments to a dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

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