Emergency Appliance Repair

An 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, unplug the appliance immediately and call Rogers Appliance Repair for local appliance repair in CITY. If there’s an electrical fire happening with one of the appliances inside of your house, we advise calling the local fire department before attempting to put out the fire by yourself.

An electrical fire from an appliance is scary and extremely dangerous, but there are a few steps to be prepared in case of an emergency. If an electrical appliance is in flames, it is important not to panic. Follow these simple guidelines below to keep your house safe from electrical appliance fires.

PREVENTING ELECTRICAL FIRES

Homeowners can stop electrical fires from starting by following a couple of simple rules of appliance safety. Do not plug a lot of devices into one outlet—the wiring might get overloaded and then spark a fire, especially when there’s debris like paper or clothes close to the outlet.

It’s possible to forget about the dangers of large home appliances because they remain plugged in all of the time, but they still present as much chance for a fire hazard as smaller devices like toasters and space heaters. Large appliances like a washing machine or dishwasher should not be left to run overnight or any time you are not at home, and try not to place a freezer or refrigerator in direct sunlight, in order to prevent overworking the cooling systems inside.

Inspect all of the outlets regularly for excessive heat, signs of burns, and buzzing or crackling sounds that could point to electrical arcing. Be sure you have at least one smoke detector on each story of your house, and test them often to keep them in good working condition.

WHAT NOT TO DO

If there’s an appliance repair emergency involving an electrical fire, it can be tempting to put out the flames with water, however water should not be used to put out an electrical fire.

Water will conduct electricity, and pouring water on or near a power source might cause a severe electrical shock. It could even make the fire even worse. Water can conduct electricity to other parts of the room, running the chance of igniting other flammable items nearby.

HOW TO PUT OUT AN ELECTRICAL FIRE

The first step you need to do is unplug the appliance from the power source and call your local fire department. Even if you can put out the fire by yourself, it’s important to have help if the fire does get out of hand.

For smaller fires, you could be able to pour on baking soda to douse the fire. Covering the fuming or burning spot with some baking soda will sometimes prohibit oxygen flow to the fire with very little chance of electrocution. Baking soda includes sodium bicarbonate, which is the same chemical in regulation fire extinguishers. You also could be able to extinguish a smaller fire using a heavy blanket as well, but only when the fire is small enough to not catch the heavy blanket on fire as well.

For large electrical appliance fires, use 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 need to be checked often to be sure they haven’t expired. If there’s a operational fire extinguisher in the home, just pull the pin near the top, point the nozzle at the flames, and press the handle. If the fire gets too dangerous to put out alone or you think the fire may block an exit, you should leave the home immediately, shut the door , and wait for help from the local fire department.

For the small appliance fires, call Rogers Appliance Repair once the flames are under control and we will diagnose the cause of the fire and repair the appliance and return it to working order.

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