An appliance repair emergency might be a leak or smoke or even flames coming from the appliance.
If an appliance emergency occurs in your home, unplug the appliance immediately and call Pace Appliance Repair for local appliance repair in CITY. If there’s an electrical fire involving one of the large or small appliances inside your home, we advise calling the city fire department before attempting to put out the fire yourself.
An electrical fire can be scary and extremely dangerous, but there are a few steps to be prepared in the event of an emergency. If an electrical appliance goes up in flames, it’s very important not to panic. Follow our easy guidelines to keep your house safe from electrical fires.
Homeowners are able to stop electrical fires before they start by following a couple of basic guidelines for appliance safety in a home. Do not plug a lot of electrical devices into one outlet—the wiring can get overloaded and spark a fire, especially if there is clutter like paper or clothes close to the outlet.
Sometimes we forget about the apparent dangers of large residential appliances because they are plugged in all of the time, but they still present as much of a fire hazard as small appliances like kitchen toasters and space heaters. Large appliances like a washing machine or dishwasher shouldn’t be left to run overnight or any time you’re away from home, and try not to place a freezer or refrigerator in line of direct sunlight, to prevent overworking their cooling systems inside.
Check all outlets regularly for excessive heat, burns, and buzzing or crackling sounds that might point to electrical arcing. Be sure you keep at least one working smoke detector on every floor of your home, and test them regularly to keep them in good working order.
If there is an appliance repair emergency involving an electrical fire, it might be tempting to douse the fire with water, but water should not be used to fight an electrical fire.
Water conducts electricity, and pouring water on a power source might cause a harmful electrical shock. It might even make the fire even worse. Water might conduct the electricity to other areas of the room, increasing the risk of igniting more flammable objects nearby.
The first thing you should do is to unplug the electric appliance from the power source and call the local fire department. Even if you might be able to extinguish the fire by yourself, it’s important to have backup if the flames do get out of hand.
For smaller fires, you might be able to use baking soda to extinguish the flames. Covering the fuming or burning spot with some baking soda can block oxygen flow to the fire with minimal chance of electrocution. Baking soda includes sodium bicarbonate, which is the same substance in regulation fire extinguishers. You may be able to extinguish a small fire with a heavy blanket, but only if the fire is small enough not to catch the heavy blanket on fire as well.
For big electrical appliance fires, you need a Type C fire extinguisher. You should always make sure you own at least one Type C fire extinguisher in your house. Extinguishers should also be inspected often to make sure they aren’t expired. If there is a operational fire extinguisher in the home, pull the pin at the top, point the nozzle at the source of the flames, and squeeze the handle. If the flames get too big to put out by yourself or you think the fire could block an exit, leave the home immediately, shut the door , and wait for help from the local fire department.
For the small appliance fires, call Pace Appliance Repair once the fire is extinguished and we will diagnose the reason for the fire and repair the electrical appliance and restore it to its original condition.
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