An appliance repair emergency might be a leak or smoke or even a fire coming from the household appliance.
In the event of an appliance emergency, unplug the appliance immediately and then call Legacy League City Appliance Repair for local appliance repair in Texas. If there is an electrical fire resulting from one of the large or small appliances inside of your home, we suggest calling the local fire department even before attempting to eliminate the fire by yourself.
An electrical fire can be scary and very dangerous, but there are a couple of ways to be prepared in case of an emergency. If one of your appliances goes up in flames, it is important to not panic. Follow these easy guidelines below to keep your home safe from electrical fires.
Homeowners can stop electrical fires from ever starting by following a few basic rules of appliance safety in a home. Do not plug in too many devices into a single electrical outlet—the wiring can become overloaded and spark a fire, especially when there’s debris like clothes or paper close to the electrical outlet.
It’s possible to forget about the apparent dangers of large household appliances because they stay plugged in all of the time, but they present as much of a fire hazard as smaller devices like kitchen toasters and heaters. Large appliances like a dishwasher or washing machine shouldn’t be left to run overnight or while you are not at home, and do not place a freezer or refrigerator in direct sunlight, to prevent overworking the cooling systems.
Examine all of the outlets on a regular basis for excessive heat, burns, and crackling or buzzing sounds that could point to electrical arcing. Make sure you have at least one smoke detector on each story of your house, and test the smoke detectors quarterly to keep them in working condition.
If there is an appliance repair emergency such as an electrical fire, it can be tempting to douse the fire with water, but water shouldn’t be used to fight an electrical appliance fire.
Water can conduct electricity, and pouring water on or near a power source can cause a dangerous electrical shock. It might even make the fire even worse. Water could conduct electricity to additional parts of the room, increasing the risk of igniting more flammable objects in the room.
The first step you need to do is unplug the device from the power source and call your fire department. Even if you think you can extinguish the fire by yourself, it is a good idea to have help if the fire does get out of control.
For smaller fires, you may be able to pour on baking soda to extinguish the fire. Covering the smoldering or burning spot with some baking soda can prevent oxygen flow to the flames with little chance of electrocution. Baking soda contains sodium bicarbonate, which is the substance in standard fire extinguishers. You may be able to put out a small fire with a heavy blanket as well, but only if the fire is small enough not to catch the heavy blanket on fire too.
For big electrical fires, use a Type C fire extinguisher. You should be sure you have at least one Type C or multi-use extinguisher in your home. Extinguishers need to be checked regularly to make sure they have not expired. If you have a working extinguisher in the home, release the pin near the top, aim the hose at the flames, and squeeze the handle. If the fire gets too big to put out by yourself or you think the fire could block an exit, leave the home right away, shut the door behind you, and then wait for help from the local fire department.
For the smaller appliance fires, call Legacy League City Appliance Repair once the fire is under control and we will identify the cause of the fire and repair the appliance and return it to its original condition.
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