Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Tips for Preventing House Fires: 

Flames can spread nearly instantly, growing rapidly out of hand and requiring professional attention. By working to stop house fires from starting, the likelihood of that happening becomes lessened. Here are some effective ways to prevent house fires:

Test batteries in smoke alarms. It is advised that smoke alarm batteries should be tested every 30 days—there will typically be a test button on the unit to do this easily. Every 10 years, smoke alarms should be replaced with a new model.

Keep the dryer tray clear. Though the dryer can heat up clothes safely, because lint is so combustible, it can catch fire under the direct heat. Clean the dryer tray out often to prevent this.

Don’t neglect open flames. Because flames can spread in the blink of an eye, it is advised to never leave them unsupervised.

Check cables often. Any cable that carries electricity can be a fire risk if it is frayed. Check cords of power banks, phone chargers and other commonly used products and replace when they start to appear worn.

Store household supplies safely. Everyday household products, including those in aerosol cans, can be highly flammable. The label should indicate what temperature to store the product at, and be sure to keep them away from direct sunlight.

If your home has suffered damage from a house fire, give SERVPRO Of NW Bakersfield a call. We are certified in fire and soot remediation, and here to help 24/7.

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (661) 588-3975

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.