An appliance repair emergency could be a leak or smoke or even a fire coming from the appliance.
If an appliance emergency arises in your home, unplug the appliance immediately and then call Warner Appliance Repair for local appliance repair in CITY. If there’s an electrical fire happening with one of the large or small appliances inside your home, we suggest calling the city fire department even before attempting to eliminate the fire by yourself.
An electrical fire is scary and very dangerous, but there are a few steps to be prepared in the event of an emergency. If an electrical appliance goes up in flames, it’s very important not to panic and to remain calm. Follow our easy guidelines to help keep your house safe from electrical fires.
You are able to stop electrical fires before they start by following a couple of basic guidelines for appliance safety. Don’t plug a lot of electrical devices into a single outlet—the wiring might get overloaded and spark a fire, especially if there’s debris like clothes or paper near the electrical outlet.
It can be easy to forget about the apparent dangers of larger appliances since they remain plugged in all of the time, but they can present as much of a fire hazard as smaller appliances like toasters and space heaters. Large appliances like a washing machine or dishwasher should not be left running overnight or while you are not at home, and do not place a freezer or refrigerator in direct sunlight, in order to prevent possibly overworking the cooling systems inside.
Check all of the outlets on a regular basis for extreme heat, burns, and buzzing or crackling sounds that might point to electrical arcing. Make sure you store at least one working smoke detector on every story of your house, and test the smoke detectors often to keep them in working order.
If there’s an appliance repair emergency involving an electrical fire, it might be tempting to put out the fire with water, however water should never be used to put out an electrical fire.
Water conducts electricity, and dumping water on or near a power source could cause a severe electrical shock. It might even make the fire stronger. Water can conduct electricity to other parts of the room, running the risk of igniting more flammable items in the area.
The immediate thing you want to do is to unplug the device from the power source and call your local fire department. Even if you think you might be able to handle the fire yourself, it’s a good idea to have help if the fire does get out of control.
For smaller fires, you could be able to pour on baking soda to extinguish the flames. Covering the fuming or burning spot with a layer of baking soda will sometimes block oxygen flow to the fire with little risk of electrocution. Baking soda also includes sodium bicarbonate, which is the same substance used in regulation fire extinguishers. You may be able to put out a small fire with a heavy blanket as well, but only when the flames are small enough to not catch the heavy blanket on fire as well.
For larger electrical fires, use a Type C fire extinguisher. You should always be sure you have at least one Type C fire extinguisher in your home. Extinguishers need to be checked often to ensure they have not expired. If you have a operational fire extinguisher on hand, just pull the pin at the top, point the hose at the source of the flames, and squeeze the handle. If the fire gets too big to fight by yourself or you are concerned the fire might block an exit, you should leave the house immediately, close the door behind you, and wait for help from the local fire department.
For the small appliance fires, call Warner Appliance Repair once the fire is extinguished and we can identify the reason for the fire and repair the appliance and restore it to working order.
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