An appliance repair emergency could be a leak or smoke or even flames coming from the appliance.
If an appliance emergency occurs, unplug the appliance right away and call Prime Pasadena Appliance Repair for local appliance repair in Pasadena. If there’s an electrical fire resulting from one of the appliances in your house, we suggest calling the town fire department even before attempting to extinguish the fire by yourself.
An electrical fire from an appliance can be very scary and very dangerous, but there are a few ways to be prepared in case of an emergency. If one of your appliances goes up in flames, it is important to not panic. Follow our easy guidelines below to keep your home safe from electrical appliance fires.
Homeowners can prevent electrical fires from ever starting by following some basic rules of appliance safety. Don’t plug more than two devices into a single outlet—the wiring might become overloaded and then spark a fire, especially when there is clutter like paper or clothes close to the outlet.
It’s possible to forget about the dangers of larger household appliances since they remain plugged in all the time, but they present as much chance for a fire hazard as smaller devices like kitchen toasters and space heaters. Larger appliances like a dishwasher or washing machine should not be left to run overnight or any time you are not at home, and try not to place a freezer or refrigerator in direct sunlight, to prevent overworking their cooling systems.
Inspect all of the outlets regularly for extreme heat, burns, and crackling or buzzing sounds that could indicate electrical arcing. Make sure you keep at least one working smoke detector on every floor of your home, and test them quarterly to keep them in good working condition.
If there is an appliance repair emergency such as an electrical fire, it can be tempting to put out the fire with water, but water should not be used to douse an electrical fire.
Water conducts electricity, and pouring water on or near a power source might give a harmful electrical shock. It might even make the fire stronger. Water could conduct electricity to other areas of the room, increasing the chance of igniting more flammable objects nearby.
The first step you want to do is to unplug the electric appliance from the power source and call the local fire department. Even if you think you are able to extinguish the fire by yourself, it’s important to have backup if the fire does get out of hand.
For minor fires, you might be able to pour on baking soda to douse the flames. Covering the fuming or burning area with baking soda can prohibit oxygen flow to the flames with minimal chance of electrocution. Baking soda also contains sodium bicarbonate, which is the substance used in regulation fire extinguishers. You also could be able to extinguish a smaller fire with a heavy blanket as well, but only if the flames are small enough not to catch the heavy blanket on fire too.
For big electrical fires, you need a Type C fire extinguisher. You should make sure you own at least one Type C extinguisher in your home. Extinguishers need to be inspected consistently to ensure they have not expired. If you have a working extinguisher in the home, just pull the pin near the top, point the hose at the fire, and press the handle. If the flames get too big to fight by yourself or you are concerned the fire might block an exit, you should leave the house right away, close the door , and wait for assistance from the fire department.
For the smaller appliance fires, call Prime Pasadena Appliance Repair once the fire is extinguished and we will identify the cause of the fire and repair the appliance and restore it to working order.
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