A typical appliance repair emergency might be a leak or smoke or even flames coming from the household appliance.
In the event of an appliance emergency, unplug the appliance right away and call Prime Parma Appliance Repair for local appliance repair in Parma. If there’s an electrical fire resulting from one of the large or small appliances in your house, we advise calling the city fire department even before you attempt to extinguish the fire yourself.
An electrical fire is scary and extremely dangerous, but there are a couple of steps to be prepared in the event of an emergency. If an appliance goes up in flames, it is important to not panic and remain calm. Follow our simple guidelines below to help keep your home safe from electrical fires.
You can stop electrical fires before they start by following a few simple guidelines for appliance safety in a home. Do not plug in a lot of electrical devices into a single outlet—the wiring can become overloaded and spark a fire, especially when there is debris like clothes or paper near the electrical outlet.
It can be easy to forget about the apparent dangers of larger residential appliances since they are plugged in all of the time, but they still present as much chance for a fire hazard as smaller electrical devices like toasters and heaters. Larger appliances like a dishwasher or washing machine shouldn’t be left to run overnight or while you’re away from home, and try not to place a refrigerator or freezer in direct sunlight, in order to prevent overworking the cooling systems.
Check all of the outlets on a regular basis for extreme heat, burns, and crackling or buzzing noises that could indicate electrical arcing. Be sure you store at least one working smoke detector on each floor of your house, 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 can be tempting to put out the fire with water, however water should never be used to fight an electrical fire.
Water will conduct electricity, and pouring water on or near a power source can give a severe electrical shock. It could even make the fire worse. Water can conduct the electricity to other areas of the room, increasing the chance of igniting other flammable objects in the room.
The first thing you want to do is to unplug the device from the power source and call your local fire department. Even if you can extinguish the fire by yourself, it is important to have help if the flames do get out of control.
For minor fires, you may be able to use baking soda to smother the flames. Covering the smoking or burning area with some baking soda will sometimes prevent oxygen flow to the flames with very little risk of electrocution. Baking soda also includes sodium bicarbonate, which is the same chemical in standard fire extinguishers. You could be able to put out a small fire with a heavy blanket as well, but only if the fire is small enough to not catch the blanket on fire as well.
For larger electrical fires, use a Type C fire extinguisher. You should be sure you own at least one Type C extinguisher in your home. Extinguishers need to be inspected consistently to be sure they haven’t expired. If there is a operational extinguisher on hand, just pull the pin near the top, aim the nozzle at the fire, and squeeze the handle. If the flames get too dangerous to fight alone or you think the fire could block an exit, you should leave the home as fast as possible, shut the door , and wait for assistance from the local fire department.
For the smaller appliance fires, call Prime Parma Appliance Repair once the fire is under control and we will identify the cause of the fire and repair the electrical appliance and restore it to working order.
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