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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

What to do until help arrives

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

Here is a list of some DOs and DON'Ts to help reduce damage, and increase the chances of a successful restoration. 


  • Shut off the source of water if possible. (Or contact the qualified party)
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and any additional tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.


  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or any other electrical equipment is exposed to water.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets of floors to cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possible causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum.
  • Use TV’s or other appliances while standing on wet floors.
  • Turn on ceiling fans if ceiling is wet, or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

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