Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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When Fire Breaks Out in Your Coral Springs Home

Coral Springs residents are well aware that fire damages can be catastrophic to structures and contents, but they may not always know how to extinguish different types of fires. A kitchen grease fire, for instance, can spread if you try to douse it with water. They may make the common error of assuming flour can be as effective as baking soda or salt for extinguishing small cooking fires.

Staying Prepared For Structure Fires

  • Make sure you have enough smoke alarms.
  • Plan at least two escape routes from home with your family to ensure they always have a way to leave in case of a fire.
  • Have appropriately-rated extinguishers to address small fires.
  • Go over fire safety measures with family, especially for the kitchen.

Fires can engulf a home in a little as five minutes after ignition. The ability to act quickly is crucial to reducing the risks a fire can pose as well as the damage it can cause to your Coral Springs home.

Consider a Home Fire Extinguisher

There is a wide selection of fire extinguishers for home as well as commercial use. They can also vary in size and weight, depending on their application. The three most common types of extinguishers for the home include:

  • Type A for common combustible materials like paper or wood
  • Type B for oil, grease, and other flammable liquids
  • Type C for extinguishing electrical fires

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (954) 973-4130

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.

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