An appliance repair emergency could be a leak or smoke or even flames coming from the home appliance.
If an appliance emergency occurs, unplug the appliance right away and call Halo 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 town fire department even before attempting to put out the fire by yourself.
An electrical fire from an appliance can be very scary and extremely dangerous, but there are a couple of ways to be prepared in case of an emergency. If an appliance goes up in flames, it is very important not to panic and to remain calm. Follow these easy guidelines to keep your house safe from electrical fires.
You can stop electrical fires before they start by following a couple of simple rules of appliance safety. Be careful not to plug too many electrical devices into a single electrical outlet—the wiring can get overloaded and spark a fire, especially when there’s clutter like clothes or paper near the outlet.
Sometimes we forget about the apparent dangers of large residential appliances because they are plugged in all the time, but they still present as much chance for a fire hazard as smaller electrical appliances like kitchen toasters and heaters. Large appliances like a dishwasher or washing machine shouldn’t be left to run overnight or any time you’re not at home, and do not keep a freezer or refrigerator in line of direct sunlight, in order to prevent possibly overworking their cooling systems inside.
Examine all outlets on a regular basis for extreme heat, signs of burns, and buzzing or crackling noises that could indicate electrical arcing. Be sure you store at least one smoke detector on every story of your home, and test the smoke detectors regularly to keep them in good working condition.
If there’s an appliance repair emergency such as an electrical fire, it can be tempting to put out the flames with water, however water should not be used to fight an electrical fire.
Water can conduct electricity, and dumping water on a power source can give a harmful electrical shock. It could even make the fire stronger. Water could conduct the electricity to additional areas of the room, increasing the chance of igniting other flammable items nearby.
The immediate step you should do is unplug the device from the power source and call your fire department. Even if you think you can handle the fire on your own, it is a good idea to have help if the flames do get out of control.
For smaller fires, you may be able to use baking soda to extinguish the fire. Covering the smoldering or burning spot with some baking soda can prevent oxygen flow to the fire with little risk of electrocution. Baking soda includes sodium bicarbonate, which is the substance in regulation fire extinguishers. You also might be able to put out a small fire using a heavy blanket, but only if 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 have at least one Type C fire extinguisher in your home. Extinguishers should also be checked often to make sure they are not expired. If there is a operational fire extinguisher in the home, release the pin near the top, point the nozzle at the fire, and press the handle. If the fire gets too dangerous to fight alone or you think the fire may block an exit, you should leave the house right away, shut the door , and then wait for assistance from the local fire department.
For the small appliance fires, call Halo Appliance Repair once the fire is under control and we can identify the cause of the fire and repair the appliance and return it to working order.
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