A typical appliance repair emergency could be a leak or smoke or even a fire coming from the appliance.
In the event of an appliance emergency, unplug the appliance right away and call Moreno Valley Appliance Repair for local appliance repair in Moreno Valley. If there is an electrical fire resulting from one of the large or small appliances in your house, we advise calling the fire department even before you attempt to eliminate the fire by yourself.
An electrical fire from an appliance is very scary and extremely dangerous, but there are a few ways to be prepared in case of an emergency. If one of your appliances is in flames, it is very important not to panic and to remain calm. Follow these easy guidelines to keep your house safe from electrical appliance fires.
Homeowners are able to stop electrical fires from starting by following a few basic rules of appliance safety in a home. Be careful not to plug in too many electrical devices into a single outlet—the wiring might get overloaded and then spark a fire, especially if there’s debris like clothes or paper nearby the electrical outlet.
It’s possible to forget about the dangers of large household appliances since they stay plugged in all the time, but they still present as much chance for a fire hazard as smaller electrical appliances like toasters and space heaters. Larger appliances like a dishwasher or washing machine should not be left running overnight or any time you’re away from home, and try not to place a freezer or refrigerator in direct sunlight, to prevent overworking their cooling systems inside.
Inspect all outlets on a regular basis for excessive heat, signs of burns, and crackling or buzzing sounds that could indicate electrical arcing. Be sure you store at least one working smoke detector on each floor of your house, and test them often to keep them in working condition.
If there’s an appliance repair emergency such as an electrical fire, it could be tempting to douse the flames with water, however water shouldn’t be used on an electrical appliance fire.
Water can conduct electricity, and pouring water on or near a power source could give a dangerous electrical shock. It could even make the fire stronger. Water might conduct the electricity to other locations of the room, increasing the risk of igniting more flammable objects in the area.
The immediate step you need to do is to unplug the electric device from the power outlet and call the local fire department. Even if you think you might be able to take care of the fire yourself, it’s a good idea to have backup if the fire does get out of control.
For little fires, you could be able to use baking soda to extinguish the fire. Covering the smoldering or burning spot with baking soda can block oxygen flow to the flames with little risk of electrocution. Baking soda includes sodium bicarbonate, which is the same chemical used in standard fire extinguishers. You might be able to extinguish a small fire with a heavy blanket as well, but only when the flames are small enough not to catch the heavy blanket on fire too.
For big electrical appliance fires, you need a Type C fire extinguisher. You should make sure you have at least one Type C or multi-use fire extinguisher in your house. Extinguishers should also be inspected often to ensure they have not expired. If you have a operational extinguisher on hand, release the pin near the top, point the hose at the source of the fire, and squeeze the handle. If the flames get too dangerous to fight alone or you think the fire might block an exit, you should leave the house as fast as possible, close the door , and wait for help from the local fire department.
For the small appliance fires, call Moreno Valley Appliance Repair once the flames are extinguished and we will diagnose the cause of the fire and repair the electrical appliance and return it to working order.
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