An appliance repair emergency might be a leak or smoke or even a fire coming from the household appliance.
If an appliance emergency arises, unplug the appliance right away and call Blair Appliance Repair for local appliance repair in CITY. If there’s an electrical fire involving one of the appliances in your house, we advise calling the town fire department before attempting to extinguish the fire on your own.
An electrical fire can be scary and very dangerous, but there are a few ways to be prepared in the event of an emergency. If one of your appliances goes up in flames, it’s important not to panic and remain calm. Follow our easy guidelines below to keep your house safe from electrical fires.
You are able to stop electrical fires from ever starting by following some basic guidelines for appliance safety in a home. Be careful not to plug in more than two electrical devices into a single electrical outlet—the wiring can become overloaded and then spark a fire, especially if there is debris like paper or clothes nearby the electrical outlet.
It’s possible to forget about the apparent dangers of large household appliances because they stay plugged in all the time, but they can present as much chance for a fire hazard as smaller electrical appliances like toasters and heaters. Large appliances like a dishwasher or washing machine should not be left running overnight or any time you’re away from home, and try not to place a refrigerator or freezer in line of direct sunlight, to prevent possibly overworking their cooling systems inside.
Check all of the outlets on a regular basis for extreme heat, signs of burns, and crackling or buzzing noises that could point to electrical arcing. Be sure you have at least one smoke detector on every floor of your house, and test them quarterly to keep them in working condition.
If there’s an appliance repair emergency involving an electrical fire, it could be tempting to douse the flames with water, however water should never be used on an electrical fire.
Water can conduct electricity, and throwing water on a power source can give a harmful electrical shock. It could even make the fire worse. Water might conduct the electricity to other areas of the room, running the chance of igniting other flammable objects nearby.
The first step you should do is to unplug the device from the power source and call the local fire department. Even if you think you can handle the fire on your own, it’s important to have backup if the fire does get out of hand.
For minor fires, you might be able to pour on baking soda to douse the fire. Covering the smoldering or burning area with some baking soda will sometimes block oxygen flow to the flames with minimal risk of electrocution. Baking soda also includes sodium bicarbonate, which is the chemical used in regulation fire extinguishers. You also may be able to put out a small fire with a heavy blanket, but only when the fire is small enough not to catch the blanket on fire as well.
For large electrical appliance fires, use a Type C fire extinguisher. You should make sure you have at least one Type C or multi-use fire extinguisher in your home. Extinguishers need to be inspected often to be sure they haven’t expired. If you have a operational fire extinguisher on hand, release the pin at the top, aim the nozzle at the flames, and squeeze the handle. If the fire gets too dangerous to put out alone or you think the fire could block an exit, leave the home right away, close the door , and then wait for assistance from the fire department.
For the small appliance fires, call Blair Appliance Repair once the fire is extinguished and we will identify the reason for the fire and repair the electrical appliance and restore it to working order.
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