Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Our local team in Downtown Chicago witnesses firsthand the damage fires cause. Until the building is cleared by the Chicago Fire Department for entry, entering a fire-damaged building is highly discouraged. There may be structural damage that could lead to further injury or unsafe electrical wiring or gas line issues. The Chicago firefighters will clear your business or home for safe re-entry after a fire, and they should tell you if the utilities are safe to use and turn them off if they are not. 

Your commercial business or home will require professional cleanup and restoration as soon as possible. Our team in Downtown Chicago are trusted leaders in fire cleanup and restoration services and have returned many properties to pre-fire damage conditions over the years. Safety should be the main focus of Downtown Chicago businesses and residents after any fire damage event!  

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (312) 888-7378

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.