An appliance repair emergency might be a leak or smoke or even a fire coming from the home appliance.
In the event of an appliance emergency, unplug the appliance immediately and call Finest Appliance Repair for local appliance repair in Garland. If there’s an electrical fire involving one of the appliances inside your home, we recommend calling the local fire department before you try to eliminate the fire by yourself.
An electrical fire can be scary and very dangerous, but there are a couple of steps to be prepared in case of an emergency. If an appliance is in flames, it is important not to panic. Follow these easy guidelines to keep your home safe from electrical appliance fires.
Homeowners can stop electrical fires from ever starting by following a few simple guidelines for appliance safety. Do not plug a lot of devices into one outlet—the wiring might get overloaded and spark a fire, especially when there’s debris like paper or clothes near the outlet.
It can be easy to forget about the apparent dangers of large household appliances since they stay plugged in all of the time, but they present as much chance for a fire hazard as small electrical devices like toasters and space heaters. Larger appliances like a dishwasher or washing machine should not be left running overnight or any time you’re not at home, and try not to keep a refrigerator or freezer in line of direct sunlight, in order to prevent possibly overworking their cooling systems inside.
Inspect all outlets on a regular basis for extreme heat, signs of burns, and buzzing or crackling noises that might indicate electrical arcing. Make sure you keep at least one smoke detector on each story of your house, and test the smoke detectors regularly to keep them in working condition.
If there is an appliance repair emergency involving an electrical fire, it can be tempting to douse the flames with water, but water shouldn’t be used to douse an electrical appliance fire.
Water will conduct electricity, and dumping water on or near a power source can cause a harmful electrical shock. It could even make the fire worse. Water can conduct the electricity to other parts of the room, increasing the risk of igniting other flammable objects in the area.
The immediate step you need to do is to unplug the device from the power outlet and call the local fire department. Even if you are able to extinguish the fire on your own, it’s important to have help if the flames do get out of control.
For small fires, you could be able to pour on baking soda to smother the flames. Covering the smoking or burning spot with a layer of baking soda can prevent oxygen flow to the flames with minimal risk of electrocution. Baking soda also includes sodium bicarbonate, which is the substance used in standard fire extinguishers. You might be able to smother a smaller fire using a heavy blanket, but only if the flames are small enough not to catch the blanket on fire.
For larger electrical fires, you need 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 often to make sure they have not expired. If there is a working fire extinguisher in the home, pull the pin at the top, aim the nozzle at the source of the fire, and press the handle. If the fire gets too dangerous to fight alone or you are concerned the fire could block an exit, leave the house immediately, shut the door , and then wait for help from the local fire department.
For the small appliance fires, call Finest Appliance Repair once the flames are under control and we can identify the cause of the fire and repair the electrical appliance and restore it to its original condition.
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