An appliance repair emergency might be a leak or smoke or even flames coming from the appliance.
If an appliance emergency happens in your house, unplug the appliance right away and then call P&G Coral Springs Appliance Repair for local appliance repair in Coral Springs. If there is an electrical fire from one of the large or small appliances inside your home, we advise calling the city fire department before attempting to eliminate the fire on your own.
An electrical fire 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’s very important to not panic. Follow these easy guidelines to help keep your house safe from electrical fires.
You are able to prevent electrical fires before they start by following a few simple rules of appliance safety. Don’t plug in a lot of devices into a single outlet—the wiring can get overloaded and spark a fire, especially if there’s clutter like paper or clothes close to the outlet.
Sometimes we forget about the dangers of large home appliances since they stay plugged in all the time, but they can present as much chance for a fire hazard as smaller electrical devices like kitchen toasters and heaters. Large appliances like a washing machine or dishwasher should not be left running overnight or any time you’re not at home, and try not to keep a refrigerator or freezer in direct sunlight, to prevent possibly overworking their cooling systems inside.
Examine all of the outlets regularly for extreme heat, burns, and buzzing or crackling sounds that could point to electrical arcing. Be sure you keep at least one smoke detector on every floor of your home, and test the smoke detectors often to keep them in good working order.
If there’s an appliance repair emergency involving an electrical fire, it can be tempting to put out the fire with water, however water shouldn’t be used to put out an electrical fire.
Water can conduct electricity, and pouring water on or near a power source might give a harmful electrical shock. It might even make the fire stronger. Water can conduct the electricity to additional parts of the room, running the chance of igniting other flammable objects in the area.
The first step you should do is to unplug the electric device from the power outlet and call the fire department. Even if you can take care of the fire yourself, it is important to have backup if the flames do get out of hand.
For minor fires, you might be able to use baking soda to douse the flames. Covering the fuming or burning area with baking soda will sometimes prevent oxygen flow to the flames with little risk of electrocution. Baking soda contains sodium bicarbonate, which is the same substance in regulation fire extinguishers. You also might be able to smother a smaller fire with a heavy blanket, but only if the flames are small enough to not catch the heavy blanket on fire.
For larger electrical fires, use a Type C fire extinguisher. You should always make sure you own at least one Type C or multi-use fire extinguisher in your home. Extinguishers need to be checked consistently to ensure they are not expired. If there is a working extinguisher on hand, pull the pin near the top, point the hose at the source of the fire, and squeeze the handle. If the flames get too big to put out alone or you think the fire might block an exit, you should leave the home right away, close the door , and then wait for help from the fire department.
For the smaller appliance fires, call P&G Coral Springs Appliance Repair once the fire is 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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