An appliance repair emergency might be a leak or smoke or even a fire coming from the home appliance.
In the event of an appliance emergency, unplug the appliance right away and call Pearson Appliance Repair for local appliance repair in CITY. If there is an electrical fire involving one of the appliances in your house, we suggest calling the local fire department even before attempting to eliminate the fire by yourself.
An electrical fire from an appliance is scary and extremely dangerous, but there are a couple of ways to be prepared in the event of an emergency. If an electrical appliance is in flames, it’s important not to panic. Follow these easy guidelines to keep your home safe from electrical appliance fires.
Homeowners can stop electrical fires before they start by following some basic rules of appliance safety in a home. Do not plug more than two electrical devices into one outlet—the wiring might get overloaded and then spark a fire, especially when there’s clutter like paper or clothes nearby the electrical outlet.
It can be easy to forget about the dangers of large home appliances because they remain plugged in all of the time, but they can present as much chance for a fire hazard as small electrical appliances like kitchen toasters and space heaters. Larger appliances like a dishwasher or washing machine should not be left to run overnight or any time you are away from home, and try not to keep a refrigerator or freezer in direct sunlight, in order to prevent overworking the cooling systems inside.
Examine all of the outlets on a regular basis for excessive heat, signs of burns, and buzzing or crackling sounds that could point to electrical arcing. Be sure you have at least one smoke detector on each floor of your house, and test them often to keep them in good working condition.
If there is an appliance repair emergency involving an electrical fire, it could be tempting to put out the flames with water, however water shouldn’t be used to douse an electrical appliance fire.
Water will conduct electricity, and pouring water on a power source might cause a harmful electrical shock. It might even make the fire stronger. Water could conduct the electricity to other locations of the room, running the chance of igniting other flammable items nearby.
The immediate thing you want to do is to unplug the electric device from the power outlet and call the local fire department. Even if you can take care of the fire by yourself, it’s important to have help if the flames do get out of hand.
For little fires, you could be able to use baking soda to smother the flames. Covering the smoldering or burning spot with some baking soda can prevent oxygen flow to the fire with minimal chance of electrocution. Baking soda also includes sodium bicarbonate, which is the substance in standard fire extinguishers. You could be able to extinguish a smaller fire using a heavy blanket, but only if the fire is small enough not to catch the heavy blanket on fire.
For big electrical fires, you need a Type C fire extinguisher. You should be sure you own at least one Type C or multi-use extinguisher in your house. Extinguishers should also be inspected consistently to make sure they aren’t expired. If there’s a operational extinguisher on hand, pull the pin near the top, point the hose at the fire, and press the handle. If the flames get too dangerous to fight by yourself or you think the fire may block an exit, you should leave the house as fast as possible, close the door , and then wait for help from the local fire department.
For the small appliance fires, call Pearson Appliance Repair once the fire is under control and we can diagnose the reason for the fire and repair the appliance and restore it to its original condition.
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