A typical appliance repair emergency might be a leak or smoke or even flames coming from the household appliance.
If an appliance emergency occurs, unplug the appliance right away and call Enhance New Brunswick Appliance Repair for local appliance repair in New Brunswick. If there is an electrical fire involving one of the appliances inside your house, we advise calling the fire department before you try to eliminate the fire on your own.
An electrical fire is very scary and very dangerous, but there are a few steps to be prepared in the event of an emergency. If an appliance goes up in flames, it is very important not to panic and to remain calm. Follow these simple guidelines below to help keep your home safe from electrical appliance fires.
You are able to prevent electrical fires before they start by following a couple of basic rules of appliance safety in a home. Do not plug a lot of devices into a single outlet—the wiring might become overloaded and spark a fire, especially if there’s debris like paper or clothes near the electrical outlet.
It’s possible to forget about the apparent dangers of large household appliances because they are plugged in all of the time, but they still present as much chance for a fire hazard as small appliances like kitchen toasters and heaters. Large appliances like a washing machine or dishwasher shouldn’t be left to run overnight or any time you’re away from home, and don’t place a freezer or refrigerator in direct sunlight, to prevent overworking the cooling systems inside.
Examine all of the outlets on a regular basis for extreme heat, signs of burns, and crackling or buzzing noises that might point to 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 working order.
If there is an appliance repair emergency such as an electrical fire, it could be tempting to put out the flames with water, but water should never be used to put out an electrical appliance fire.
Water conducts electricity, and pouring water on a power source can cause a severe electrical shock. It might even make the fire stronger. Water can conduct the electricity to other parts of the room, increasing the risk of igniting other flammable items in the room.
The first thing you want to do is to unplug the electric appliance from the power outlet and call the fire department. Even if you can extinguish the fire on your own, it is important to have help if the fire does get out of control.
For little fires, you may be able to use baking soda to extinguish the fire. Covering the smoking or burning spot with a layer of baking soda will sometimes prevent oxygen flow to the flames with little risk of electrocution. Baking soda also includes sodium bicarbonate, which is the substance in regulation fire extinguishers. You may be able to smother a smaller fire with a heavy blanket as well, but only if the flames are small enough to not catch the blanket on fire as well.
For larger electrical appliance fires, use a Type C fire extinguisher. You should always be sure you have at least one Type C or multi-use fire extinguisher in your house. Extinguishers should also be inspected consistently to be sure they have not expired. If you have a operational extinguisher on hand, pull the pin near the top, point the hose at the flames, and squeeze the handle. If the fire gets too dangerous to put out by yourself or you are concerned the fire may block an exit, you should leave the house right away, shut the door , and then wait for help from the fire department.
For the smaller appliance fires, call Enhance New Brunswick Appliance Repair once the fire is 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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