A typical appliance repair emergency might be a leak or smoke or even a fire coming from the appliance.
If an appliance emergency happens in your house, unplug the appliance right away and then call Crown Pomona Appliance Repair for local appliance repair in Pomona. If there’s an electrical fire resulting from one of the large or small appliances inside of your house, we advise calling the local fire department before you try to eliminate the fire on your own.
An electrical fire can be scary and very dangerous, but there are a few ways to be prepared in the event of an emergency. If an electrical appliance is in flames, it is important to not panic. Follow these simple guidelines to help keep your house safe from electrical fires.
You can stop electrical fires before they start by following some basic guidelines for appliance safety. Don’t plug in a lot of devices into one outlet—the wiring can get overloaded and spark a fire, especially if there’s debris like paper or clothes near the electrical outlet.
It can be easy to forget about the apparent dangers of larger home appliances since they are plugged in all the time, but they can present as much chance for a fire hazard as smaller electrical appliances like toasters and heaters. Larger appliances like a washing machine or dishwasher shouldn’t be left to run overnight or any time you’re away from home, and do not keep a refrigerator or freezer in line of direct sunlight, to prevent possibly overworking their cooling systems.
Check all outlets on a regular basis for excessive heat, signs of burns, and buzzing or crackling sounds that might point to electrical arcing. Make sure you have at least one working smoke detector on each floor of your home, and test them often to keep them in good working order.
If there’s an appliance repair emergency such as an electrical fire, it might be tempting to douse the flames with water, but water should not be used to douse an electrical fire.
Water will conduct electricity, and dumping water on or near a power source could cause a dangerous electrical shock. It might even make the fire worse. Water could conduct electricity to other locations of the room, increasing the risk of igniting other flammable items nearby.
The first thing you want to do is to unplug the electric device from the power source and call the fire department. Even if you think you are able to extinguish the fire on your own, it’s a good idea to have backup if the flames do get out of hand.
For minor fires, you could be able to use baking soda to smother the fire. Covering the smoking or burning spot with a layer of baking soda can prevent oxygen flow to the fire with minimal chance of electrocution. Baking soda also includes sodium bicarbonate, which is the same chemical in regulation fire extinguishers. You could be able to put out a smaller fire using a heavy blanket as well, but only if the fire is small enough not to catch the blanket on fire too.
For big electrical fires, you need a Type C fire extinguisher. You should always be sure you have at least one Type C extinguisher in your home. Extinguishers should also be checked consistently to ensure they haven’t expired. If there is a operational fire extinguisher in the home, just pull the pin at the top, point the hose at the flames, and press the handle. If the fire gets too dangerous to put out alone or you think the fire might block an exit, leave the home right away, shut the door behind you, and wait for help from the fire department.
For the smaller appliance fires, call Crown Pomona Appliance Repair once the fire is under control and we can identify the reason for the fire and repair the electrical appliance and return it to working order.
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