Fire Damage Dos and Don’ts

By Universal Water Restoration


After a fire there are many questions and emotions that follow making it difficult to know what the next step is. You probably have the question: Where do I begin? There are steps to take and Universal Water Restoration has the experience in fire damage to help.


What To Do After a Fire Happens

  • Before you decide to re-enter your fire-damaged home make sure to get permission from the fire department first.
  • Call Universal Water Restoration at (954)200-0419, available 24/7.
  • When you enter your home limit movement to prevent the embedding of soot particles into furniture and carpets.
  • Try to retrieve any valuable belongings before you leave your home.
  • Empty your refrigerator and freezer and prop the doors open if electricity is off.
  • Change your HVAC filter
  • Tape two layers of cheesecloth over your air registers

What NOT To Do After a Fire Happens

  • Don’t attempt to enter your home until you get permission from the fire department
  • Do not use or attempt to clean any gas, water, or electric utilities until an authorized professional deems that it is safe.
  • Do not try and wash any soot damage yourself without contacting professionals like Universal Water Restoration.
  • Do not eat any packaged or canned food that may have been exposed to fire or smoke.
  • Do not send your clothes or linens to an ordinary dry cleaner because this may set the smoke odor.

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  • Miami-Dade County
  • Palm Beach County

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