An appliance repair emergency could be a leak or smoke or even a fire coming from the household appliance.
In the event of an appliance emergency in your home, unplug the appliance right away and call Tyson’s Appliance Repair for local appliance repair in CITY. If there is an electrical fire involving one of the large or small appliances in your house, we recommend calling the fire department even before you try to extinguish the fire yourself.
An electrical fire is scary and very dangerous, but there are a couple of steps to be prepared in case of an emergency. If an electrical appliance is in flames, it’s very important not to panic. Follow these simple guidelines to keep your house safe from electrical appliance fires.
You can prevent electrical fires from ever starting by following a few simple guidelines for appliance safety in a home. Do not plug a lot of electrical devices into a single electrical outlet—the wiring can become overloaded and then spark a fire, especially if there’s clutter like paper or clothes near the electrical outlet.
It’s possible to forget about the dangers of large home appliances since they are plugged in all the time, but they can present as much chance for a fire hazard as small electrical devices like kitchen toasters and space heaters. Large appliances like a dishwasher or washing machine shouldn’t be left to run overnight or while you’re away from home, and don’t keep a refrigerator or freezer in line of direct sunlight, to prevent overworking the cooling systems.
Check all outlets on a regular basis for extreme heat, burn marks, and crackling or buzzing noises that could point to electrical arcing. Make sure you keep at least one smoke detector on each floor of your home, and test the smoke detectors regularly to keep them in good working condition.
If there’s an appliance repair emergency such as an electrical fire, it could be tempting to douse the fire with water, but water shouldn’t be used to put out an electrical fire.
Water will conduct electricity, and throwing water on a power source might cause a dangerous electrical shock. It might even make the fire worse. Water can conduct electricity to other areas of the room, running the risk of igniting other flammable items nearby.
The first step you need to do is to unplug the electric device from the power source and call the local fire department. Even if you might be able to extinguish the fire by yourself, it’s a good idea to have help if the fire does get out of hand.
For little fires, you could be able to pour on baking soda to extinguish the fire. Covering the smoking or burning area with some baking soda will sometimes prevent oxygen flow to the fire with very little chance of electrocution. Baking soda includes sodium bicarbonate, which is the substance in standard fire extinguishers. You could be able to put out a small fire using a heavy blanket, but only when the flames are small enough not to catch the heavy blanket on fire.
For large electrical appliance fires, you need a Type C fire extinguisher. You should be sure you own at least one Type C or multi-use extinguisher in your house. Extinguishers should also be inspected consistently to ensure they have not expired. If there’s a operational extinguisher on hand, release the pin at the top, aim the hose at the source of the flames, and press the handle. If the fire gets too big to fight alone or you think the fire could block an exit, leave the home immediately, close the door behind you, and wait for help from the local fire department.
For the smaller appliance fires, call Tyson’s Appliance Repair once the flames are extinguished and we will diagnose the reason for the fire and repair the appliance and return it to its original condition.
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