Fire Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
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With the temperatures dropping and the use of a wood stove or furnace ramping up, SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties is prepared to help our local residents and businesses with their smoke and fire damaged properties. If your furnace malfunctions and places soot throughout your property, our highly trained technicians are ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to respond immediately to access the damage at your property. We have the experience, expertise, and training to restore your home or business quickly and properly. Upon arrival, our crew will walk through your home or business to determine how extensive the loss is and discuss the course of action!
Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (570) 759-0966
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.