An 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 house, unplug the appliance right away and then call Garden Grove Appliance Repair for local appliance repair in Garden Grove. If there’s an electrical fire from one of the large or small appliances inside your house, we advise calling the fire department before you attempt to extinguish the fire on your own.
An electrical fire can be very scary and very dangerous, but there are a couple of steps to be prepared in the event of an emergency. If one of your appliances goes up in flames, it is important not to panic and to remain calm. Follow our easy guidelines below to help keep your house safe from electrical appliance fires.
Homeowners are able to stop electrical fires before they start by following a couple of simple rules of appliance safety. Be sure not to plug in more than two devices into a single electrical outlet—the wiring might become overloaded and then spark a fire, especially if there’s debris like clothes or paper near the electrical outlet.
It is possible to forget about the apparent dangers of large appliances since they remain plugged in all of the time, but they can present as much of a fire hazard as smaller electrical devices like kitchen toasters and space heaters. Large appliances like a dishwasher or washing machine shouldn’t be left to run overnight or any time you’re away from home, and don’t keep a refrigerator or freezer in direct sunlight, to prevent possibly overworking the cooling systems inside.
Examine all outlets on a regular basis for excessive heat, burn marks, and buzzing or crackling noises that could indicate electrical arcing. Make sure you have at least one working smoke detector on every 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 put out the fire with water, but water should not be used to douse an electrical appliance fire.
Water conducts electricity, and pouring water on a power source might give a dangerous electrical shock. It might even make the fire stronger. Water could conduct the electricity to additional areas of the room, running the risk of igniting other flammable items nearby.
The first step you should do is to unplug the device from the power source and call the local fire department. Even if you can handle the fire by yourself, it is important to have backup if the fire does get out of hand.
For small fires, you might be able to pour on baking soda to douse the fire. Covering the smoking or burning area with a layer of baking soda will sometimes prevent oxygen flow to the fire with minimal chance of electrocution. Baking soda contains sodium bicarbonate, which is the same substance in regulation fire extinguishers. You could be able to extinguish a small fire with a heavy blanket, but only when the fire is small enough not to catch the blanket on fire too.
For big electrical fires, you need a Type C fire extinguisher. You should always make sure you own at least one Type C or multi-use extinguisher in your house. Extinguishers should also be checked consistently to be sure they haven’t expired. If there is a operational extinguisher on hand, just pull the pin at the top, aim the nozzle at the source of the fire, and press the handle. If the flames get too big to put out by yourself or you are concerned the fire could block an exit, you should leave the home immediately, close the door , and wait for help from the local fire department.
For the smaller appliance fires, call Garden Grove Appliance Repair once the flames are extinguished and we can diagnose the reason for the fire and repair the appliance and return it to its original condition.
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