A typical appliance repair emergency might be a leak or smoke or even flames coming from the appliance.
If an appliance emergency happens in your house, unplug the appliance immediately and call Rockville Appliance Repair for local appliance repair in Rockville. If there’s an electrical fire from one of the appliances inside of your home, we advise calling the local fire department before attempting to put out the fire by yourself.
An electrical fire from an appliance can be very scary and extremely dangerous, but there are a few steps to be prepared in case of an emergency. If an electrical appliance goes up in flames, it’s important to not panic and to remain calm. Follow these simple guidelines to keep your house safe from electrical fires.
Homeowners are able to stop electrical fires before they start by following a few basic rules of appliance safety in a home. Be sure not to plug more than two devices into a single outlet—the wiring might become overloaded and spark a fire, especially if there is clutter like paper or clothes close to the outlet.
It is possible to forget about the apparent dangers of large home appliances since they stay plugged in all the time, but they still present as much chance for a fire hazard as smaller devices like kitchen toasters and heaters. Larger appliances like a dishwasher or washing machine shouldn’t be left running overnight or while you are not at home, and do not keep a freezer or refrigerator in direct sunlight, in order to prevent possibly overworking the cooling systems inside.
Check all of the outlets on a regular basis for excessive heat, signs of burns, and buzzing or crackling sounds that might point to electrical arcing. Make sure you store at least one smoke detector on every story of your house, 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 douse the flames with water, however water should not be used to put out an electrical appliance fire.
Water conducts electricity, and pouring water on a power source can cause a dangerous electrical shock. It could even make the fire stronger. Water can conduct the electricity to other parts of the room, running the risk of igniting other flammable items nearby.
The first step you want to do is unplug the device from the power source and call the fire department. Even if you think you might be able to handle the fire by yourself, it’s a good idea to have help if the flames do get out of control.
For small fires, you might be able to use baking soda to douse the fire. Covering the smoking or burning area with baking soda will sometimes block oxygen flow to the fire with little risk of electrocution. Baking soda also contains sodium bicarbonate, which is the substance used in standard fire extinguishers. You may be able to smother a smaller fire using a heavy blanket, but only when the flames are small enough to not catch the blanket on fire as well.
For larger electrical fires, use a Type C fire extinguisher. You should make sure you have at least one Type C or multi-use extinguisher in your home. Extinguishers need to be checked regularly to ensure they aren’t expired. If there’s a operational extinguisher on hand, just pull the pin at the top, aim the nozzle at the fire, and squeeze the handle. If the flames get too big to fight by yourself or you think the fire might block an exit, you should leave the home right away, close the door , and then wait for assistance from the fire department.
For the smaller appliance fires, call Rockville Appliance Repair once the fire is under control and we will identify the reason for the fire and repair the electrical appliance and restore it to working order.
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