An appliance repair emergency could be a leak or smoke or even a fire coming from the home appliance.
In the event of an appliance emergency in your home, unplug the appliance right away and call Racine Appliance Repair for local appliance repair in Racine. If there is an electrical fire from one of the large or small appliances inside of your home, we advise calling the city fire department before you attempt to eliminate the fire on your own.
An electrical fire is scary and extremely 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 to not panic. Follow these simple guidelines below to keep your home safe from electrical fires.
HOW TO PREVENT ELECTRICAL FIRES
Homeowners can prevent electrical fires before they start by following a couple of simple guidelines for appliance safety in a home. Don’t plug more than two devices into one electrical outlet—the wiring might get overloaded and spark a fire, especially when there’s clutter like paper or clothes near the electrical outlet.
It can be easy to forget about the apparent dangers of larger appliances because they remain plugged in all of the time, but they present as much chance for a fire hazard as small devices like toasters and heaters. Large appliances like a dishwasher or washing machine shouldn’t be left running overnight or while you’re not at home, and don’t place a freezer or refrigerator in direct sunlight, in order to prevent possibly overworking the cooling systems.
Inspect all outlets regularly for extreme heat, burn marks, and buzzing or crackling noises that could indicate electrical arcing. Make sure you keep at least one working smoke detector on every floor of your home, and test the smoke detectors often to keep them in good working condition.
WHAT TO NOT DO
If there’s an appliance repair emergency such as an electrical fire, it might be tempting to douse the flames with water, however water shouldn’t be used to douse an electrical fire.
Water will conduct electricity, and pouring water on or near a power source might cause a severe electrical shock. It could even make the fire stronger. Water can conduct the electricity to additional locations of the room, running the chance of igniting other flammable objects nearby.
HOW TO PUT OUT AN ELECTRICAL FIRE
The first thing you should do is unplug the electric device from the power outlet and call the local fire department. Even if you think you are able to take care of the fire on your own, it is important to have help if the flames do get out of hand.
For smaller fires, you might be able to use baking soda to douse the flames. Covering the fuming or burning area with a layer of baking soda will sometimes prevent oxygen flow to the fire with little chance of electrocution. Baking soda also contains sodium bicarbonate, which is the same substance used in regulation fire extinguishers. You could be able to smother a smaller fire with a heavy blanket as well, but only when the fire is small enough not to catch the heavy blanket on fire.
For large electrical appliance fires, use a Type C fire extinguisher. You should be sure you have at least one Type C or multi-use extinguisher in your house. Extinguishers should also be checked consistently to ensure they are not expired. If there’s a operational fire extinguisher in the home, release the pin near the top, aim the nozzle at the fire, and press the handle. If the fire gets too big to put out alone or you think the fire may block an exit, leave the house right away, close the door , and wait for help from the fire department.
For the smaller appliance fires, call Racine Appliance Repair once the flames are extinguished and we will diagnose the reason for the fire and repair the appliance and return it to working order.
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