Fire Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
Here are 5 tips while the fire is happening that you could use to help you, your family or your colleagues survive the deadly effects of a fire.
- Get Low And Go, Preventing Smoke Inhalation: Getting low will give you an extra advantage when trying to navigate through a smoke-filled room because the smoke rises.
- Get Out And Stay Out: Only once the firefighters have deemed it safe for re-entry should anyone not equipped to fight the fire step a foot back inside.
- Have An Escape Plan: Having an escape plan is as simple as knowing what routes to take to safely exit a room in the case of an emergency.
- Assign A Meeting Place: The meeting place should be far enough away from the building that is on fire that there is no more immediate threat of danger should an explosion happen.
- Smoke Detectors: The loud alarm generated by these life-saving machines can be heard throughout the house which signals to the people in every room that a potential emergency is present.
Implementing a fire strategy using these tips will definitely give you a solid base of what to do if a fire does strike in your Grand Strand home or business!
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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.