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 in your home, unplug the appliance immediately and then call Lynn Appliance Repair for local appliance repair in CITY. If there is an electrical fire happening with one of the large or small appliances in your home, we recommend calling the city fire department even before you try to eliminate the fire by yourself.
An electrical fire from an appliance can be scary and very dangerous, but there are a few steps to be prepared in case of an emergency. If one of your appliances is in flames, it is important not to panic. Follow our simple guidelines to keep your home safe from electrical fires.
You are able to prevent electrical fires before they start by following some simple rules of appliance safety. Be sure not to plug in more than two electrical devices into one outlet—the wiring can get overloaded and spark a fire, especially when there’s debris like clothes or paper close to the outlet.
It can be easy to forget about the apparent dangers of larger household appliances because they stay plugged in all the time, but they present as much of a fire hazard as small electrical appliances like kitchen toasters and heaters. Larger appliances like a washing machine or dishwasher should not be left running overnight or any time you are not at home, and don’t keep a refrigerator or freezer in line of direct sunlight, to prevent possibly overworking the cooling systems inside.
Examine all of the outlets regularly for excessive heat, burns, and crackling or buzzing noises that might point to electrical arcing. Make sure you have at least one working smoke detector on each floor of your home, and test them often to keep them in working order.
If there’s an appliance repair emergency such as an electrical fire, it could be tempting to douse the flames with water, but water shouldn’t be used on an electrical fire.
Water conducts electricity, and dumping water on a power source might give a dangerous electrical shock. It could even make the fire stronger. Water can conduct the electricity to additional parts of the room, increasing the chance of igniting more flammable items in the room.
The immediate thing you need to do is to unplug the device from the power source and call your fire department. Even if you are able to handle the fire on your own, it’s important to have help if the flames do get out of hand.
For little fires, you might be able to use baking soda to smother the fire. Covering the smoking or burning area with a layer of baking soda can prohibit oxygen flow to the flames with very little chance of electrocution. Baking soda also includes sodium bicarbonate, which is the same substance in regulation fire extinguishers. You might be able to extinguish a smaller fire with a heavy blanket, but only when the fire is small enough to not catch the blanket on fire too.
For large electrical fires, use a Type C fire extinguisher. You should always make sure you have at least one Type C extinguisher in your house. Extinguishers need to be checked consistently to make sure they haven’t expired. If you have a working extinguisher on hand, just release the pin near the top, point the hose at the flames, and press the handle. If the fire gets too big to put out alone or you think the fire could block an exit, you should leave the home as fast as possible, shut the door behind you, and then wait for help from the local fire department.
For the smaller appliance fires, call Lynn Appliance Repair once the flames are under control and we will identify the reason for the fire and repair the appliance and restore it to working order.
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