Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Every property has some type of fire risk. Whether your property is commercial or residential, it is a good idea to have a plan to follow in case of a disaster. Taking some fire-preventative measures in your home or business can help reduce the overall loss. 

Following these guidelines can help save lives and drastically reduce the overall amount of fire restoration that is needed after an emergency. 

1. Acess to a fire extinguisher- Businesses are required to install fire extinguishers throughout their building, but it is a great idea to have access to one at your residence as well. 
2. Educate tenants/employees- Make sure all personnel in the building is educated on the best course of action to follow in case of a fire. Ensure everyone is aware of all fire escape routes and educated on how to properly use a fire extinguisher. 
3. Use fireproof storage- if the unthinkable does unfortunately happen and a fire occurs at your building, you don't want to lose your valuables. It's a great idea to invest in fireproof storage to keep your valuables safe. 

If disaster does occur, our SERVPRO of St. Augustine, St. Augustine Beach, S. Nocatee & World Golf Village fire restoration team is here to help. Our staff is highly trained and equipped to make it "Like it never even happened."

Call your local, Greater St. Augustine SERVPRO at 904-429-4457 and schedule a free fire damage estimate! 


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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.