An appliance repair emergency might be a leak or smoke or even a fire coming from the home appliance.
If an appliance emergency arises in your house, unplug the appliance right away and call B&G Round Rock Appliance Repair for local appliance repair in Round Rock. If there is an electrical fire resulting from one of the appliances inside of your home, we suggest calling the local fire department before attempting to eliminate the fire yourself.
An electrical fire can be very scary and extremely dangerous, but there are a couple of steps to be prepared in the event of an emergency. If one of your appliances is in flames, it’s very important to not panic. Follow these simple guidelines below to help keep your home safe from electrical appliance fires.
You can prevent electrical fires before they start by following some basic guidelines for appliance safety in a home. Be careful not to plug in too many electrical devices into one electrical outlet—the wiring might get overloaded and then spark a fire, especially if there’s clutter like paper or clothes close to the electrical outlet.
Sometimes we forget about the dangers of large appliances since they stay plugged in all of the time, but they present as much chance for a fire hazard as smaller devices like toasters and heaters. Large appliances like a washing machine or dishwasher should not be left running overnight or any time you’re not at home, and don’t place a freezer or refrigerator in line of direct sunlight, in order to prevent overworking the cooling systems.
Check all outlets on a regular basis for excessive heat, signs of burns, and crackling or buzzing sounds that could point to electrical arcing. Make sure you have at least one working smoke detector on each story of your house, and test them often to keep them in good working order.
If there’s an appliance repair emergency involving an electrical fire, it can be tempting to douse the fire with water, however water shouldn’t be used to put out an electrical fire.
Water conducts electricity, and dumping water on or near a power source can give a harmful electrical shock. It could even make the fire even worse. Water might conduct the electricity to additional areas 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 electric device from the power source and call your local fire department. Even if you can handle the fire by yourself, it’s a good idea to have backup if the fire does get out of hand.
For smaller fires, you might be able to pour on baking soda to douse the fire. Covering the smoking or burning spot with a layer of baking soda can prevent oxygen flow to the flames with minimal risk of electrocution. Baking soda also contains sodium bicarbonate, which is the same substance used in regulation fire extinguishers. You may be able to put out a small fire using a heavy blanket, but only if the flames are small enough to not catch the blanket on fire.
For big electrical fires, you need a Type C fire extinguisher. You should always make sure you own at least one Type C fire extinguisher in your house. Extinguishers should also be checked often to be sure they are not expired. If there’s a operational fire extinguisher in the home, release the pin at the top, aim the hose at the flames, and press the handle. If the flames get too dangerous to fight by yourself or you think the fire may block an exit, you should leave the house immediately, shut the door , and wait for help from the fire department.
For the smaller appliance fires, call B&G Round Rock Appliance Repair once the fire is under control and we will diagnose the cause of the fire and repair the electrical appliance and restore it to working order.
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