Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Christmas is right around the corner, The Christmas tree is a dangerous fire hazard. This is a list of do’s and don’ts for this holiday season


  • DON’T use old lights on the tree, they can heat up and cause a fire.
  • DON’T plug all the lights into one outlet.
  • DON’T light the fire in the fireplace without checking the chimney vent.
  • DON’T light a fire near the tree.
  • DON’T use a propane heater inside you house.
  • DON’T leave candles lit when not in the same room
  • DON’T let the tree dry out
  • DON’T over bakes the holiday cookies.


  • DO keep all ornaments off the lower levels to keep children or pets from breaking them.
  • DO keep the tree a safe distance away from the fire place 3-5 feet is safe. Make sure to keep lots of water in the base of the Christmas tree so that it won’t dry out.
  • DO keep all the lights plugged in on timers, the lights plugged in all night will cause unnecessary power consumption and unwanted power surges causing electrical fires.
  • DO keep all presents away from the fire place.
  • DO check the chimney vent to make sure the smoke doesn’t stay in the house.
  • DO clean the chimney to keep pests out and keep the buildup of carbon from catching on fire.

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What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.