A typical appliance repair emergency could be a leak or smoke or even a fire coming from the appliance.
If an appliance emergency occurs in your house, unplug the appliance immediately and call Price Appliance Repair for local appliance repair in CITY. If there is an electrical fire from one of the appliances in your house, we suggest calling the local fire department even before you try to extinguish 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 one of your appliances goes up in flames, it’s very important to not panic. Follow our simple guidelines to keep your house safe from electrical appliance fires.
Homeowners can prevent electrical fires from ever starting by following a few simple rules of appliance safety. Don’t plug in more than two electrical devices into a single outlet—the wiring can get overloaded and spark a fire, especially when there’s clutter like clothes or paper close to the electrical outlet.
Sometimes we forget about the apparent dangers of large home appliances since they remain plugged in all the time, but they can present as much chance for a fire hazard as small electrical appliances like kitchen toasters and space heaters. Large appliances like a washing machine or dishwasher should not be left running overnight or any time you’re away from home, and don’t place a freezer or refrigerator in direct sunlight, to prevent overworking the cooling systems inside.
Inspect all of the outlets on a regular basis for extreme heat, burn marks, and buzzing or crackling noises that could indicate electrical arcing. Make sure you have at least one smoke detector on each floor of your house, and test them regularly to keep them in working condition.
If there is an appliance repair emergency such as an electrical fire, it might be tempting to douse the fire with water, but water should never be used to fight an electrical fire.
Water conducts electricity, and pouring water on a power source can give a harmful electrical shock. It could even make the fire stronger. Water might conduct the electricity to additional areas of the room, running the chance of igniting other flammable objects in the room.
The immediate step you need to do is to unplug the device from the power outlet and call the fire department. Even if you can take care of the fire on your own, it is important to have help if the fire does get out of hand.
For minor fires, you might be able to use baking soda to douse the fire. Covering the fuming or burning spot with some baking soda can prohibit oxygen flow to the flames with minimal chance of electrocution. Baking soda includes sodium bicarbonate, which is the same chemical used in standard fire extinguishers. You might be able to extinguish a smaller fire using a heavy blanket as well, but only when the flames are small enough not to catch the blanket on fire.
For large electrical fires, use a Type C fire extinguisher. You should always make sure you own at least one Type C fire extinguisher in your home. Extinguishers should also be inspected regularly to ensure they aren’t expired. If you have a operational extinguisher on hand, pull the pin at the top, point the nozzle at the flames, and squeeze the handle. If the flames get too dangerous to fight alone or you are concerned the fire might block an exit, leave the house as fast as possible, close the door behind you, and then wait for help from the local fire department.
For the smaller appliance fires, call Price Appliance Repair once the flames are under control and we will diagnose the reason for the fire and repair the electrical appliance and return it to working order.
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