A typical appliance repair emergency might be a leak or smoke or even a fire coming from the home appliance.
If an appliance emergency occurs in your house, unplug the appliance right away and then call F&D Huntington Beach Appliance Repair for local appliance repair in Huntington Beach. If there is an electrical fire happening with one of the large or small appliances inside your home, we suggest calling the town fire department before you try to put out the fire by yourself.
An electrical fire can be very scary and extremely dangerous, but there are a few steps to be prepared in the event of an emergency. If one of your appliances goes up in flames, it’s important to not panic. Follow these simple guidelines to help keep your home safe from electrical appliance fires.
You are able to prevent electrical fires before they start by following some basic guidelines for appliance safety. Do not plug a lot of devices into a single electrical outlet—the wiring might become overloaded and spark a fire, especially when there’s clutter like paper or clothes near the outlet.
It’s possible to forget about the dangers of large appliances since they remain plugged in all of the time, but they can present as much chance for a fire hazard as smaller devices like kitchen toasters and space heaters. Larger appliances like a dishwasher or washing machine shouldn’t be left to run overnight or any time you are away from home, and do not place a freezer or refrigerator in direct sunlight, to prevent overworking their cooling systems.
Examine all of the outlets regularly for extreme heat, signs of burns, and crackling or buzzing noises that might point to electrical arcing. Be sure you keep at least one smoke detector on each floor of your home, and test the smoke detectors often to keep them in good working condition.
If there’s an appliance repair emergency such as an electrical fire, it might be tempting to put out the fire with water, but water shouldn’t be used to douse an electrical appliance fire.
Water conducts electricity, and throwing water on a power source might give a dangerous electrical shock. It might even make the fire worse. Water might conduct electricity to additional locations of the room, running the risk of igniting more flammable items in the room.
The first thing you should do is to unplug the electric device from the power outlet and call your local fire department. Even if you think you can put out the fire by yourself, it’s important to have backup if the flames do get out of hand.
For little fires, you could be able to use baking soda to smother the flames. Covering the fuming or burning area with some baking soda can block oxygen flow to the fire with minimal chance of electrocution. Baking soda includes sodium bicarbonate, which is the same substance used in standard fire extinguishers. You also may be able to put out a smaller fire with a heavy blanket as well, but only when the fire is small enough not to catch the heavy blanket on fire as well.
For large electrical fires, you need a Type C fire extinguisher. You should make sure you own at least one Type C or multi-use fire extinguisher in your house. Extinguishers should also be inspected often to ensure they aren’t expired. If there’s a operational extinguisher on hand, just pull the pin near 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 might block an exit, you should leave the house as fast as possible, shut the door , and then wait for assistance from the fire department.
For the smaller appliance fires, call F&D Huntington Beach Appliance Repair once the flames are under control and we will diagnose the cause of the fire and repair the electrical appliance and return it to its original condition.
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