Emergency Appliance Repair

A typical appliance repair emergency might be a leak or smoke or even a fire coming from the household appliance.

In the event of an appliance emergency in your house, unplug the appliance right away and then call Witt Appliance Repair for local appliance repair in CITY. If there’s an electrical fire happening with one of the appliances in your home, we advise calling the fire department before attempting to eliminate the fire on your own.

An electrical fire is scary and very dangerous, but there are a few ways to be prepared in the event of an emergency. If one of your appliances is in flames, it’s very important not to panic and to remain calm. Follow these simple guidelines to keep your house safe from electrical fires.

HOW TO PREVENT ELECTRICAL FIRES

Homeowners are able to stop electrical fires from starting by following some simple rules of appliance safety in a home. Don’t plug more than two devices into one outlet—the wiring might become overloaded and spark a fire, especially when there’s debris like paper or clothes nearby the outlet.

It can be easy to forget about the dangers of large household appliances because they remain plugged in all of the time, but they still present as much chance for a fire hazard as small electrical devices like kitchen toasters and heaters. Large appliances like a dishwasher or washing machine should not be left to run overnight or while you are away from home, and try not to keep a refrigerator or freezer in direct sunlight, to prevent overworking their cooling systems inside.

Check all of the outlets on a regular basis for extreme heat, signs of burns, and crackling or buzzing noises that might indicate electrical arcing. Be sure you store at least one working smoke detector on every story of your house, and test them regularly to keep them in working order.

WHAT TO NOT DO

If there is an appliance repair emergency such as an electrical fire, it might be tempting to put out the flames with water, but water should not be used to fight an electrical fire.

Water conducts electricity, and pouring water on a power source can cause a dangerous electrical shock. It might even make the fire stronger. Water could conduct the electricity to additional parts of the room, running the risk of igniting other flammable items nearby.

HOW TO PUT OUT AN ELECTRICAL FIRE

The first step you need to do is to unplug the electric appliance from the power outlet and call your fire department. Even if you can take care of the fire on your own, it’s a good idea to have help if the fire does get out of hand.

For small fires, you could be able to use baking soda to extinguish the fire. Covering the smoking or burning spot with a layer of baking soda can prohibit oxygen flow to the flames with little chance of electrocution. Baking soda also includes sodium bicarbonate, which is the same chemical used in regulation fire extinguishers. You may be able to extinguish a small fire using a heavy blanket, but only when the fire is small enough not to catch the heavy blanket on fire.

For larger electrical appliance fires, you need a Type C fire extinguisher. You should be sure you have at least one Type C fire extinguisher in your home. Extinguishers need to be checked consistently to make sure they haven’t expired. If there’s a working extinguisher in the home, just release the pin at the top, point the nozzle at the flames, and press the handle. If the flames get too big to fight by yourself or you think the fire could block an exit, you should leave the house right away, close the door behind you, and wait for assistance from the local fire department.

For the small appliance fires, call Witt Appliance Repair once the fire is under control and we will diagnose the reason for the fire and repair the appliance and return it to working order.

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