Electrical supply in your home is crucial, and you don't want to be inconvenienced with electrical emergencies. Apart from being an inconvenience, electrical emergencies can be very hazardous if not controlled. When you have an electrical emergency in your home, it's important to find out ways of controlling it or fixing it temporary before getting help from an electrician. Professionals will take care of emergency electrical needs by providing different electrical services, including wiring and upgrade of your breaker box among others. Therefore, if you have electrical emergencies in your home, here are 3 tips on how to handle them effectively before contacting an emergency electrician or emergency services.
Identifying Potential Hazard or Danger Spots
It is important to survey the area carefully in order to identify all the potential dangers and hazards. For instance, in case of a power outage, cluttered floors and household furniture among others can pose risks to people in the house. Someone may fall or trip over such furniture and floors, causing injuries. For other electrical emergencies, make sure that everyone is kept away from any fallen or exposed wires. In case of an electrical emergency caused by loose or exposed wires, check for sources of water such as leaks and puddles that may be in contact with open electric current. This is because water will conduct electricity, and this can pose risks of electrocution.
Handling Smoking Electrical Outlets
Smoking electrical outlets can be caused by a variety of issues such as corroded/worn wiring behind your wall and foreign objects in the plugs. Therefore, if you notice smoke coming out of your electrical outlets, you should first turn off power to the circuit controlling the outlet. If any appliance is plugged into the outlet, ensure that is removed because it could be damaged because by the electrical issue causing the smoke.
After doing this, it's important to call an emergency electrician immediately, and if the smoke doesn't seem to stop, you might want to call fire emergency services too.
Dealing with Electric Shock
Electrical shocks are among the most devastating and life-threatening electrical emergency issues. To identify if someone has been shocked, look for signs such as unconsciousness, signs of burns, difficulty breathing, and a weak pulse. If you have witnessed or you suspect that someone may have been shocked, don't touch them because the body conducts electricity and you could be shocked as well. Instead, turn off the main source of power to your home and call emergency services as soon as possible.Share
29 March 2016
If you are working on a big project for your home, your business or an investment property, you may need to do some electrical work or hire an electrician during that process. If so, I want to help you with my blog full of tips and ideas. Hi, my name is Katie, and I was briefly an electrician before I left to start a design company. However, I still harbour an interest in electrical work, and because of that, I was inspired to create this blog. If you have questions about electricity, please explore my blog posts. If they help you, share them with your friends. Thank you!