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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Do's and Don'ts When Disaster Strikes

For Fire and Smoke Damage - This list of Emergency Tips has been compiled from many years of experience in fire and smoke damage repair and cleaning.

  • Clean and protect chrome trim on kitchen appliances with a light coating of Vaseline or other oil.
  • Blow off or brush-vacuum loose smoke particles from upholstery, draperies and carpets.
  • Open windows for ventilation.
  • Change furnace filters if blower is operating.
  • Empty freezer and refrigerator completely if electricity is off and prop doors open with a rolled towel or newspaper.
  • Clean and protect smoked bathroom faucets, tub fittings and towel bars with light coating of oil.
  • Pour antifreeze in toilet bowls, sinks and tubs to prevent freezing if heat is off in winter.
  • Wash plants with water on both sides of leaves (water softener helps).
  • Call plumber to drain heating system if heat is off in winter.
  • Remove pets (especially birds) to clean environment.


  • Wipe or attempt to wash walls, ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
  • Use upholstered furniture if it can be avoided.
  • Use exposed food items or canned goods which have been subjected to excessive heat.
  • Use TVs, stereos or electrical appliances until they are cleaned and checked.
  • Send smoked garments to an ordinary dry cleaner (improper cleaning may set smoke and odor).

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