An appliance repair emergency might be a leak or smoke or even flames coming from the household appliance.
If an appliance emergency happens in your home, unplug the appliance immediately and then call Triumph Thornton Appliance Repair for local appliance repair in Thornton. If there’s an electrical fire from one of the large or small appliances in your home, we advise calling the city fire department before you try to eliminate the fire on your own.
An electrical fire from an appliance is scary and extremely dangerous, but there are a few steps to be prepared in the event of an emergency. If an electrical appliance goes up in flames, it’s important to not panic and to remain calm. Follow our simple guidelines to keep your home safe from electrical fires.
Homeowners are able to stop electrical fires from starting by following a few basic rules of appliance safety. Do not plug in too many devices into one outlet—the wiring can get overloaded and then spark a fire, especially if there is clutter like paper or clothes nearby the outlet.
It can be easy to forget about the apparent dangers of larger home appliances because they stay plugged in all of the time, but they can present as much chance for a fire hazard as smaller electrical devices like kitchen toasters and space heaters. Large appliances like a washing machine or dishwasher should not be left running overnight or while you’re not at home, and try not to keep a refrigerator or freezer in line of direct sunlight, in order to prevent overworking the cooling systems inside.
Check all outlets regularly for extreme heat, burn marks, and crackling or buzzing sounds that could indicate electrical arcing. Be sure you store at least one smoke detector on each story of your house, and test the smoke detectors often to keep them in working condition.
If there’s an appliance repair emergency involving an electrical fire, it might be tempting to douse the flames with water, however water should not be used to douse an electrical fire.
Water conducts electricity, and dumping water on or near a power source could cause a harmful electrical shock. It might even make the fire worse. Water might conduct the electricity to other parts of the room, increasing the risk of igniting other flammable items in the area.
The first step you need to do is unplug the electric device from the power outlet and call the fire department. Even if you think you can handle the fire by yourself, it is a good idea to have help if the flames do get out of control.
For small fires, you may be able to use baking soda to douse the fire. Covering the fuming or burning spot with some baking soda will sometimes block oxygen flow to the flames with minimal risk of electrocution. Baking soda also contains sodium bicarbonate, which is the chemical in regulation fire extinguishers. You also may be able to smother a smaller fire with a heavy blanket, but only if the fire is small enough not to catch the blanket on fire as well.
For big electrical fires, you need a Type C fire extinguisher. You should be sure you own at least one Type C or multi-use fire extinguisher in your home. Extinguishers need to be checked consistently to make sure they have not expired. If there’s a working extinguisher on hand, release the pin near the top, point the nozzle at the source of the fire, and squeeze the handle. If the fire gets too dangerous to fight by yourself or you are concerned the fire could block an exit, leave the house immediately, shut the door , and then wait for assistance from the fire department.
For the smaller appliance fires, call Triumph Thornton Appliance Repair once the fire is under control and we can identify the cause of the fire and repair the appliance and return it to working order.
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