An appliance repair emergency could 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 then call Action Mansfield Appliance Repair for local appliance repair in Mansfield. If there is an electrical fire involving one of the large or small appliances in your home, we suggest calling the city fire department before you attempt to eliminate the fire yourself.
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 one of your appliances goes up in flames, it’s important to not panic. Follow these easy guidelines below to keep your home safe from electrical appliance fires.
Homeowners are able to prevent electrical fires from ever starting by following some basic rules of appliance safety. Be careful not to plug too many devices into one outlet—the wiring can get overloaded and spark a fire, especially when there’s clutter like clothes or paper near the outlet.
It is possible to forget about the dangers of larger residential appliances since they stay plugged in all the time, but they present as much of a fire hazard as small appliances like kitchen toasters and space heaters. Larger appliances like a washing machine or dishwasher should not be left to run overnight or while you’re away from home, and try not to place a freezer or refrigerator in line of direct sunlight, in order to prevent overworking the cooling systems inside.
Check all outlets on a regular basis for excessive heat, signs of burns, and buzzing or crackling noises that might point to electrical arcing. Be sure you store at least one working smoke detector on every floor of your home, and test them quarterly to keep them in working condition.
If there’s an appliance repair emergency involving an electrical fire, it might be tempting to put out the flames with water, however water shouldn’t be used to fight an electrical fire.
Water will conduct electricity, and throwing water on or near a power source could cause a harmful electrical shock. It might even make the fire stronger. Water could conduct electricity to other locations of the room, increasing the risk of igniting more flammable items in the room.
The first step you should do is unplug the appliance from the power source and call the local fire department. Even if you might be able to handle the fire yourself, it is important to have help 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 smoldering or burning spot with some baking soda can prevent oxygen flow to the flames with little chance of electrocution. Baking soda also includes sodium bicarbonate, which is the substance in regulation fire extinguishers. You might be able to smother a smaller fire using a heavy blanket, but only if the fire is small enough not to catch the heavy blanket on fire as well.
For larger electrical appliance fires, you need a Type C fire extinguisher. You should be sure you have at least one Type C fire extinguisher in your house. Extinguishers need to be inspected consistently to ensure they haven’t expired. If you have a operational fire extinguisher in the home, pull the pin near the top, aim the nozzle at the fire, and press the handle. If the fire gets too big to fight alone or you are concerned the fire might block an exit, you should leave the house immediately, shut the door , and then wait for help from the fire department.
For the smaller appliance fires, call Action Mansfield Appliance Repair once the fire is under control and we can identify the cause of the fire and repair the electrical appliance and return it to its original condition.
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