In Case of Fire Damage

While FAST action is important; the wrong action can delay or impede recovery

Fire Damage


  • Clean and protect chrome trim on taps and kitchen appliances with a light coating of petroleum jelly
  • Blow off or brush-vacuum loose smoke particles from upholstery, drapes and carpets before normal traffic
  • Open windows for ventilation
  • Change furnace filter if blower was operating
  • Empty freezer and refrigerator completely if electricity is off and prop open with a rolled newspaper
  • Wash off laminate counter tops and horizontal surfaces of appliances
  • Call a plumber to drain heating system if power is off
  • Turn off electronics, particularly computers in and around the damaged area


  • Wipe or attempt to wash walls, ceilings or other absorbent surfaces
  • Use upholstered furniture if it can be avoided
  • Foods in open packages in cupboards should not be consumed after a fire; most food items should be disposed of
  • Send smoked garments to a dry cleaner until building is properly deodorized