An appliance repair emergency might be a leak or smoke or even flames coming from the appliance.
If an appliance emergency arises, unplug the appliance immediately and then call Gaithersburg Appliance Repair for local appliance repair in Gaithersburg. If there is an electrical fire happening with one of the large or small appliances inside your house, we suggest calling the town fire department before attempting to put out the fire yourself.
An electrical fire is 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 goes up in flames, it is important to not panic and remain calm. Follow our easy guidelines to help keep your house safe from electrical fires.
Homeowners can prevent electrical fires from starting by following a few basic guidelines for appliance safety. Be careful not to plug too many electrical devices into a single outlet—the wiring might get overloaded and spark a fire, especially if there is debris like clothes or paper nearby the outlet.
It is possible to forget about the dangers of larger household appliances because they remain plugged in all of the time, but they present as much chance for a fire hazard as smaller electrical appliances like toasters and space heaters. Large appliances like a dishwasher or washing machine shouldn’t be left to run overnight or while you are not at home, and try not to keep a freezer or refrigerator in line of direct sunlight, to prevent possibly overworking the cooling systems.
Inspect all of the outlets regularly for extreme heat, burns, and buzzing or crackling noises that could point to electrical arcing. Be sure you store at least one working smoke detector on each story of your house, 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 should not be used to put out an electrical appliance fire.
Water can conduct electricity, and throwing water on a power source can give a harmful electrical shock. It might even make the fire worse. Water might conduct the electricity to additional locations of the room, running the risk of igniting other flammable items nearby.
The immediate thing you need to do is to unplug the electric appliance from the power outlet and call the local fire department. Even if you can extinguish the fire on your own, it’s a good idea to have backup if the fire does get out of control.
For little fires, you may be able to pour on baking soda to smother the flames. Covering the fuming or burning area with baking soda can prohibit oxygen flow to the fire with minimal chance of electrocution. Baking soda includes sodium bicarbonate, which is the same chemical used in standard fire extinguishers. You also might be able to put out a small fire with a heavy blanket as well, but only if the flames are small enough not to catch the heavy blanket on fire.
For large electrical appliance fires, use a Type C fire extinguisher. You should always be sure you have at least one Type C or multi-use fire extinguisher in your home. Extinguishers need to be inspected often to be sure they are not expired. If there’s a operational fire extinguisher on hand, pull the pin at the top, aim the hose at the source of the flames, and squeeze the handle. If the fire gets too dangerous to fight alone or you think the fire could block an exit, leave the home as fast as possible, shut the door behind you, and wait for help from the local fire department.
For the smaller appliance fires, call Gaithersburg Appliance Repair once the fire is extinguished and we will identify the cause of the fire and repair the electrical appliance and return it to working order.
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