We try our best to avoid them, but sometimes, uncontrollable conditions can lead to an electrical emergency. And as with any emergency, it’s best to be prepared so that you are not caught off guard.
We asked a commercial electrician for advice on what to do during coming electrical emergencies. Read on to learn more and be informed.
1. What to do when there is an electrical fire in your home
- Turn off the power to your house. When there is an electrical fire in your home, you must first attempt to cut the power to the house by turning off the switch on your breaker box. This is, of course, assuming there is no fire that you will need to confront on the way to the breaker box. Doing this can help keep the electrical fire from growing.
- Use your fire extinguisher. An important thing to note, however, is that you can use any kind of fire extinguisher once you’ve managed to turn off the power to your house. However, if you are unable to do this, you’ll need to use a Class C fire extinguisher to put out the electrical fire.
- Without a proper fire extinguisher, you can try to smother the fire using a fire blanket. Do not use water to try and put out an electrical fire, unless you have managed to turn off the power to your home. Letting water and electricity mix will pose an even greater danger to you and your home.
- If the fire is quickly becoming unmanageable, immediately get out of the house, covering your mouth to avoid smoke inhalation, and call your emergency hotline.
An electrician would advise you to call emergency services even if you seem to have managed to put out the fire. You should also get in touch with your electrician and contractor once the fire has been put out so they can inspect the damage that the fire has done to your home’s electrical wiring, and so you can talk about any safety measures you can put to avoid the same incident in the future.
2. What to do when you encounter fallen powerlines?
- Electricians warn that the first thing you should do when you run into fallen powerlines is to stay a safe distance away from them. At the same time, keep other people from coming near the powerlines as well.
- Contact electrical repair services and the appropriate authorities immediately to report the incident.
- Stay away from trees that might be connected to the fallen power lines, to avoid the risk of being electrocuted.
3. What to do when there is a power outage?
- A power outage usually occurs during inclement weather, particularly when there is a storm. When you experience this, be sure to unplug all electrical appliances to avoid the risk of an electrical surge that can damage them in case the power comes back on.
- Contact your electricity distributor immediately to let them know about the power outage in your area. They should be able to let you know how much time it will take them to assess and address the situation.