Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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SERVPRO of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County wants to ensure you take the right steps to safely take care of a fire loss until we arrive. Your home or commercial facility contains many of your most valuable possessions. We understand the trauma that follows a loss. When fire damage takes control of your life, we help you take it back. It is important that you read these tips

-Identify the Source.

-Keep hands clean.

-Limit movement in the home to prevent further damage.

-Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent more soiling.

-If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop door open.

-Wipe soot from chrome on faucets and appliances then protect with a light coating of lubricant.

-Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County.

-Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County.

-Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire or water without consulting a repair service.

-Be careful!

There's no such thing as a small disaster.

SERVPRO of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County understands how disruptive unseen damage can be for your business or home. For this reason, Call SERVPRO of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County at 540-433-6100. 

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (540) 433-6100

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.