What to do After a Fire (Part 2)

There are many things to do after a fire, but we can help you.

Freezer

If your home freezer has stopped running, you can still save the frozen food:

  1. KEEP FREEZER DOOR CLOSED.
    -Your freezer has enough insulation to keep food frozen for at least one day, perhaps as many as two or three days.
  2. MOVE YOUR FOOD.
    -Move it to a neighbor’s freezer or locker plant. Wrap the frozen food in newspapers and blankets, or use insulated boxes.

3. If your food has thawed, observe the following precautions:
-Fruits can be re-frozen if they still taste and smell good. Otherwise, if the fruits are not spoiled, they can be eaten at once.

4. DO NOT RE-FREEZE VEGETABLES
-if they have thawed completely.

-Re-freeze only if there are ice crystals in the vegetables. If your vegetables have thawed and cannot be used soon, throw them out.

-If you’re in doubt over whether your vegetables are spoiling, throw them out – don’t wait for a bad odor.
D. To remove odor from your refrigerator or freezer, wash the inside with a solution of baking soda and water, or use 1 cup vinegar or household Ammonia to 1 gallon of water.

 


Appliances

DO NOT run wet appliances until you’ve had a serviceman check them.

-This is especially true of electrical appliances. If the fire department or utility company has turned off your electric or gas service during the fire, contact the utility company to restore these services – DO NOT try to do this yourself.

 


Cooking Utensils

Pots, pans and utensils should be washed with soapy water, rinsed and then polished with a fine-powdered cleaner. You can polish copper and brass with special polish, or with salt sprinkled on a piece of lemon, or with salt sprinkled on a cloth saturated with vinegar.