Fire, Smoke & Soot

It's not about getting any restoration company. It's necessary to get the right one, an experienced local, family-owned restoration company.

Why Choose First Call?

A fire can result in more than just physical damage. It can also leave long-lasting emotional effects. First Call is here for you every step of the way.

DIY cleanup can leave you exposed to some serious health carcinogenic hazards.

Residual soot is highly acidic. Using the proper tools, cleaners, and safety gear is imparetive to getting all your salvagable material clean. Even if you think you got it clean with your degreaser your odered of Amazon, its not enough. Over a sort period of time, the soot will break down your belongs.erience.

Whether you experienced a tragic fire, or your furnace or fireplace malfunctioned, call First Call Restoration. Our fire restoration team knows that the damage goes far beyond the actual fire, smoke or soot damage. We’ll walk you through the process of restoration and gather all the information needed for your insurance company.

What to Expect When we Arrive

We have highly trained professionals who can handle smoke damage after a fire. We use safe cleaning techniques so that we can do a thorough job of cleaning, odor removal, and restoring your home so it looks and feels the way it was before. The sooner you contact us, the faster we can get started on restoring your home or office.

Smoke | Soot

Smoke and soot are toxic by themselves, posing a serious risk. Even if a fire is contained in one location, smoke and soot can travel throughout the structure. Smoke travels through electrical outlets, into insulation behind the walls and into every nook and cranny no matter how small. It’s important to understand the different types of smoke and how they can impact your home or business. The first step in our smoke damage clean-up process is to assess the type of smoke damage present and develop a plan of action accordingly. That’s where our knowledge and expertise come into play.


It’s not about getting any restoration company. It’s necessary to get the right restoration company, a local family-owned company. Even though we work with all insurance companies, we work on your behalf. The insurance company can NOT tell you who to use. By law YOU have the right to choose who comes into your home or business. Your insurance company only gives out their vendors names because they agreed to a price list.

Do's and Don'ts if Fire, Smoke or Soot Should Occur


  • Do limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being impregnated into upholstery and carpet.
  • Do keep hands clean. Soot on hands can impregnate upholstery, walls and woodwork, causing more damage.
  • Do cover carpeted traffic areas with towels or old linens to prevent more soiling.
  • Do discard all opened food packages. The food is probably contaminated.


  • Do not attempt to wash any papered or flat painted walls without consulting with your professional cleaner. Incorrect cleaning could compound the soil residue problem.
  • Do not attempt to clean carpet or upholstery furniture. Again, inexperience and incorrect procedures could compound the problem.
  • Do not use electrical appliances that have been close to the fire or water before having them checked. They could malfunction.
  • Do not use ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. A short circuit could result.
  • Do not eat food that has been exposed to fire or smoke.

Top 25 Fire Prevention Tips

These are just some tips. Contact your local fire department for even more fire prevention tips. In fact, you may want to contact your local Fire Department and request a Residential Home Survey.
  1. Keep a fire extinguisher in your home and make sure your smoke detectors work.
  2. Have your heating system serviced regularly by a professional.
  3. Remove the lint from your dryer filter after every use.
  4. Keep firewood, piles of leaves and trash away from the home.
  5. Be very careful in any situation where you use an extension cord for extended periods of time.
  6. Store containers of cooking oil well away from the stove.
  7. Be sure to properly extinguish smoking materials.
  8. Check the condition of your home’s electrical system.
  9. Check the natural gas/LP gas system in your home.
  10. Check your appliances.
  11. Be very careful with space heaters.
  12. Never use extension cords for air conditioners.
  13. Maintain your fireplace correctly.
  14. Never store flammable liquids near ignition sources.
  15. Stay in the kitchen when using the range for cooking.
  16. Don’t cook when drinking alcohol, using drugs, or very tired.
  17. Be careful with candles, oil lamps, and other open flame illumination or decorations.
  18. Use caution with holiday decorations, particularly Christmas trees.
  19. After using matches, quickly place in or run under water to extinguish any invisible flame or heat source that could cause a fire in the trash can.
  20. Be careful using a grill on a deck.
  21. Look into the possibility of installing a lightning protection system in your home if you live in an area where lightning is a frequent problem.
  22. Consider having a home sprinkler system installed.
  23. Teach your children not to play with lighters or matches.
  24. Store only the minimum amount of any combustible material in your home, and keep it in the original, or a UL approved container.
  25. Never store oily rags, especially rags saturated with mineral spirits, paint thinners, or linseed oil. Under certain conditions, these materials may spontaneously start on fire without any known source.

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