Helpful tips on what to do until help arrives....
Fire & Smoke Damage:
- Limit movement in the building to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
- Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
- Blow or brush vacuum loose soot particles from upholstery, drapes and carpets.
- Place clean drop cloths on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
- If electricity is off, empty freezers and refrigerators completely and prop doors open
- Clean and protect chrome on cafeteria and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances with light coating of Vaseline or oil.
- Wash plants on both sides of leaves.
- Change HVAC filter
- Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.
- Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO of Port Jefferson Professional.
- Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO of Port Jefferson Professional.
- Attempt to clean any electrical equipment that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
- Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged.
- Send drapes to ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.
- Hose or wash egg damage from building exterior as soon as possible
- Blot freshly spilled food from carpets and fabrics with dampened cloth or sponge (but don't over wet). Scrape and blot (don't rub: it may damage fibers).
- Vacuum glass particles from carpets and upholstery.
- Save containers, which reveal the composition of spilled inks, cosmetics and paints.
- Attempt to remove ink, paint or cosmetics stains.
- Operate damaged lamps or appliances.
- Discard wood chips, broken pieces from furniture, porcelain or other art objects.
Harmful Waste (Sewage, Blood borne Pathogens, Etc.)
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.
- Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.
- Turn off the HVAC system if there is a sewage damage
- Attempt cleanup of any kind.
- Touch or handle items that might be contaminated with bodily fluids.
- Eat, drink, smoke apply cosmetics or handle contact lenses in affected areas.
If exposed to harmful waste, OSHA recommends a post-exposure medical evaluation. Consult your local health department or physician.
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and table top items.
- Remove an prop wet upholstery for even drying
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
- Remove oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall to wall carpeting
- Remove valuable paintings and art objects to a safe, dry place.
- Leave wet fabrics in place; dry as soon as possible.
- Leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
- Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.