A typical appliance repair emergency might be a leak or smoke or even a fire coming from the home appliance.
If an appliance emergency occurs, unplug the appliance right away and call Speedy Appliance Repair for local appliance repair. If there’s an electrical fire resulting from one of the large or small appliances inside of your home, we advise calling the town fire department before you attempt to eliminate the fire on your own.
An electrical fire can be very scary and extremely dangerous, but there are a few ways to be prepared in case of an emergency. If one of your appliances is in flames, it is very important to not panic. Follow our easy guidelines to keep your house safe from electrical fires.
You can prevent electrical fires before they start by following a few simple rules of appliance safety. Be sure not to plug in too many devices into a single outlet—the wiring can become overloaded and spark a fire, especially if there is debris like clothes or paper close to the outlet.
It can be easy to forget about the dangers of large residential appliances since they are plugged in all the time, but they present as much chance for a fire hazard as smaller devices like kitchen toasters and space heaters. Larger appliances like a dishwasher or washing machine shouldn’t be left to run overnight or any time you’re away from home, and do not keep a freezer or refrigerator in direct sunlight, to prevent overworking the cooling systems.
Examine all of the outlets regularly for extreme heat, burn marks, and buzzing or crackling noises that could indicate electrical arcing. Be sure you have at least one working smoke detector on each story of your house, and test them often to keep them in working order.
If there is an appliance repair emergency such as an electrical fire, it might be tempting to douse the flames with water, but water shouldn’t be used to douse an electrical appliance fire.
Water conducts electricity, and throwing water on a power source could give a harmful electrical shock. It might even make the fire worse. Water can conduct electricity to other locations of the room, running the chance of igniting more flammable items in the area.
The first step you need to do is to unplug the electric device from the power outlet and call your fire department. Even if you are able to take care of the fire on your own, it’s a good idea to have backup if the flames do get out of control.
For minor fires, you could be able to use baking soda to extinguish the fire. Covering the smoking or burning area with a layer of baking soda can prohibit oxygen flow to the flames with minimal risk of electrocution. Baking soda includes sodium bicarbonate, which is the same substance used in regulation fire extinguishers. You could be able to extinguish a smaller fire with a heavy blanket, but only when the fire is small enough not to catch the blanket on fire as well.
For big electrical appliance fires, use a Type C fire extinguisher. You should always make sure you own at least one Type C or multi-use fire extinguisher in your home. Extinguishers should also be inspected consistently to make sure they are not expired. If there is a operational extinguisher in the home, just pull the pin at the top, aim the nozzle at the flames, and press the handle. If the fire gets too dangerous to put out alone or you think the fire may block an exit, you should leave the house immediately, close the door , and then wait for assistance from the fire department.
For the smaller appliance fires, call Speedy Appliance Repair once the fire is under control and we can diagnose the cause of the fire and repair the electrical appliance and restore it to its original condition.
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