Fire Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
Stay Safe While Cooking in the Kitchen
Each season brings with it a bevvy of treasured memories, and often each memory has its own pleasant aroma tied to it. If you’re not careful, though, there’s a chance a much more harmful aroma could invade your kitchen - smoke from a cooking fire. Consider the following tips (courtesy of the United States Fire Administration):
- The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.
- Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food.
- Stay alert!
- Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop.
- Keep the stovetop, burners and oven clean.
- Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.
More home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving day than on any other day of the year. Call us at SERVPRO of Haverhill/Newburyport for all of your fire cleanup and restoration needs.
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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.