A typical appliance repair emergency could be a leak or smoke or even a fire coming from the appliance.
If an appliance emergency arises, unplug the appliance right away and call Direct Oceanside Appliance Repair for local appliance repair in Oceanside. If there is an electrical fire from one of the appliances inside your house, we suggest calling the town fire department before you attempt to eliminate the fire on your own.
An electrical fire is very scary and extremely dangerous, but there are a couple of steps to be prepared in case of an emergency. If one of your appliances is in flames, it’s very important to not panic and remain calm. Follow our easy guidelines below to keep your house safe from electrical fires.
You can prevent electrical fires before they start by following some simple guidelines for appliance safety. Do not plug in too many electrical devices into a single electrical outlet—the wiring can become overloaded and then spark a fire, especially if there’s clutter like clothes or paper near the outlet.
It can be easy to forget about the dangers of larger household appliances because they are plugged in all the time, but they still present as much of a fire hazard as smaller appliances like kitchen toasters and heaters. Large appliances like a washing machine or dishwasher should not be left running overnight or while you’re away from home, and try not to keep a refrigerator or freezer in direct sunlight, in order to prevent overworking their cooling systems.
Inspect all outlets on a regular basis for extreme heat, burns, and buzzing or crackling sounds that might point to electrical arcing. Make sure you keep at least one working smoke detector on every story of your house, and test them regularly to keep them in good working order.
If there is an appliance repair emergency such as an electrical fire, it could be tempting to douse the fire with water, however water should never be used to put out an electrical appliance fire.
Water can conduct electricity, and pouring water on or near a power source could cause a harmful electrical shock. It might even make the fire stronger. Water could conduct electricity to additional parts of the room, increasing the risk of igniting more flammable items nearby.
The immediate thing you need to do is to unplug the electric appliance from the power source and call your fire department. Even if you think you might be able to take care of the fire on your own, it’s important to have backup if the flames do get out of hand.
For smaller fires, you may be able to use baking soda to douse the flames. Covering the smoldering or burning area with some baking soda can prohibit oxygen flow to the fire with very little chance of electrocution. Baking soda includes sodium bicarbonate, which is the same chemical used in regulation fire extinguishers. You also could be able to extinguish a smaller fire using a heavy blanket, but only if the fire is small enough not to catch the heavy blanket on fire.
For larger electrical fires, use a Type C fire extinguisher. You should always make sure you own at least one Type C or multi-use extinguisher in your home. Extinguishers need to be checked regularly to ensure they are not expired. If there is a operational fire extinguisher in the home, just release the pin near the top, aim the nozzle at the source of the fire, and squeeze the handle. If the fire gets too dangerous to put out by yourself or you think the fire may block an exit, leave the home immediately, close the door , and wait for help from the fire department.
For the smaller appliance fires, call Direct Oceanside Appliance Repair once the fire is under control and we can identify the cause of the fire and repair the electrical appliance and restore it to working order.
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