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What To Do Before We Arive

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

In the case of any emergency, the main thing to focus on is to get yourself and your family to safety. A fire for example can leave you only minutes to get out before it traps you. The flames and smoke buildup can be fatal, so getting out of the business or home as quick as possible is crucial. After the fire is put out, and first responders have left, that is when SERVPRO of Boone & Clinton Counties come in. Here are some do's and don'ts before we arrive.


  1. Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being stuck in the carpet or upholstery.
  2. If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator to make sure things do not go bad.
  3. If it is winter time and the heat is now off, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes.
  4. Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop harmful particles from getting in your HVAC system.


  1. Attempt to wash any walls, surface, carpets, furniture or anything else without contact SERVPRO of Boone & Clinton Counties first.
  2. Consume any food or beverage that may have been stored close to the fire. The food and beverage could be contaminated.
  3. Turn on anything electrical whether it be ceiling fans, lights, or anything else that may cause a spark.
  4. Send clothes to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning of clothes could cause the smoke odor to stick.

These helpful tips should help ease your mind of what to do or not to do before the professionals arrive. SERVPRO of Boone & Clinton Counties will be there as quick as possible to begin the process of getting your home or business taken care of. SERVPRO will also include you in anything they do to make sure you are always aware of what we are doing and where we are at in the process.

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