A typical appliance repair emergency could be a leak or smoke or even flames coming from the appliance.
If an appliance emergency happens, unplug the appliance immediately and call Action Missouri City Appliance Repair for local appliance repair in Texas. If there’s an electrical fire resulting from one of the large or small appliances inside your home, we recommend calling the fire department even before attempting to extinguish the fire yourself.
An electrical fire is very scary and very dangerous, but there are a couple of steps to be prepared in the event of an emergency. If one of your appliances is in flames, it is important to not panic and remain calm. Follow these easy guidelines below to help keep your house safe from electrical fires.
Homeowners can stop electrical fires before they start by following some simple guidelines for appliance safety in a home. Do not plug a lot of devices into one electrical outlet—the wiring can become overloaded and then spark a fire, especially if there’s debris like clothes or paper close to the outlet.
It can be easy to forget about the dangers of larger appliances since they remain plugged in all of the time, but they present as much chance for a fire hazard as small appliances like kitchen toasters and space heaters. Larger appliances like a washing machine or dishwasher should not be left to run overnight or while you’re away from home, and don’t place a freezer or refrigerator in line of direct sunlight, in order to prevent possibly overworking their cooling systems inside.
Inspect all of the outlets on a regular basis for excessive heat, signs of burns, and buzzing or crackling sounds that could indicate electrical arcing. Make sure you have at least one smoke detector on each story of your home, and test the smoke detectors regularly to keep them in working order.
If there’s an appliance repair emergency involving an electrical fire, it might be tempting to douse the flames with water, however water shouldn’t be used to put out an electrical fire.
Water conducts electricity, and dumping water on or near a power source might cause a severe electrical shock. It could even make the fire worse. Water can conduct electricity to additional areas of the room, running the chance of igniting other flammable items in the area.
The immediate step you want to do is unplug the electric appliance from the power source and call your fire department. Even if you think you can extinguish the fire by yourself, it’s a good idea to have backup if the fire does get out of hand.
For smaller fires, you might be able to pour on baking soda to extinguish the flames. Covering the smoking or burning spot with baking soda can prohibit oxygen flow to the flames with minimal risk of electrocution. Baking soda also contains sodium bicarbonate, which is the same substance in regulation fire extinguishers. You may be able to put out a smaller fire with a heavy blanket, but only if the flames are small enough to not catch the blanket on fire.
For big electrical fires, you need a Type C fire extinguisher. You should make sure you own at least one Type C or multi-use extinguisher in your home. Extinguishers need to be inspected regularly to ensure they are not expired. If there is a operational extinguisher on hand, release the pin at the top, aim the nozzle at the source of the flames, and squeeze the handle. If the fire gets too big to fight alone or you think the fire could block an exit, you should leave the house immediately, close the door , and wait for assistance from the local fire department.
For the small appliance fires, call Action Missouri City Appliance Repair once the flames are under control and we will diagnose the reason for the fire and repair the appliance and return it to its original condition.
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