How to Safely Put Out an Electrical Fire from Our Holly Springs Electrician

Now that winter?s almost here, most of us will be spending more time indoors and relying on electricity to provide heat, power, and entertainment during the cold winter months. In light of this fact (no pun intended), we?ve put together a quick guide on what to do if an electric fire breaks out in your home.

Disconnect the Electricity

First, disconnect the electricity to eliminate the source of the flames. If the fire is caused by a faulty appliance, unplug it as quickly as it possible (provided it is safe to do so.) If you are unable to unplug an appliance, go to your electric panel and turn off the power. Once you have killed the electricity, you will no longer be at risk of electrocution, and the source of the fire will be cut off.

Call 911 First and Foremost

If, for some reason, you are not able to disconnect the electricity, call 911 to ensure you will have some backup on its way if you cannot put out the fire yourself. Be sure to tell the dispatcher that it?s an electrical fire. Remember, it?s better to be safe and a tad embarrassed than sorry.

Ensure You Can Evacuate Safety ?

Before continuing, make sure you can see two clear pathways to safety. Once one of those two pathways becomes blocked or unsafe to approach, evacuate immediately. Electric fires can quickly become deadly, and no home is worth risking your life.

Smother the Fire with Baking Soda, NOT FLOUR

Baking soda contains the chemical compound sodium bicarbonate, which is also in Class C fire extinguishers. If the fire began in an appliance or an overloaded cord, unplug it and toss baking soda onto the flames. DO NOT USE FLOUR. Flour is combustible and can cause an explosion. You can also put out the fire by smothering it with a blanket or towel.

Never Use Water While the Power Is On

Although it may be your first impulse, never use water on any size electrical fire if your power is still on. Water conducts electricity, so if you toss water onto the flames, you are at risk of being badly shocked. Water may also conduct electricity throughout the room, potentially igniting flammable materials and causing the fire to spread.

If you are 100% certain that the power is off, water is now an option, and you can douse the flames with a bucket or the spray nozzle from your sink.

Prevent Electric Fires: Get an Electrical Inspection in Holly Springs NC

While it?s always good to have a working knowledge of best practices should a fire occur, the best way to prevent them from happening is to schedule a yearly safety inspection with a licensed electrician. Our Holly Springs electricians can make any necessary repairs and upgrades, and make sure that every wire, outlet, and switch is working as it should. If you?d like to request an electrical inspection with Alternate Current Solutions, fill out our contact form today!

Learn How to Prevent an Electrical Fire From Our Holly Springs Electric Contractor

Because we use electricity so frequently, we often forget how dangerous it can be. However, many residential fires originate from an electrical source, and they are usually much more dangerous and destructive than other types of fires. The best way to protect yourself and your family from an electrical fire is scheduling a regular inspection from a licensed electrician, and following the tips below.

Use the Correct Lightbulbs

Always use lightbulbs that match the recommended wattage for the fixture or lamp they are used with. Using a lightbulb with a wattage that is too high may cause the light fixture to overheat, melting the socket and causing a fire.

Do Not Overload Outlets

As electricians with decades of experience on our hands, we have seen it all, and one thing we see quite often is the use of ?power adapters? when what the home really needs is a larger or newer circuit breaker, more wires, and more outlets. If you are running an extension cord into a room because all its outlets are taken up or dead, it?s time to get the electrical upgrade you need!

Look for Warning Signs

Many of our calls are to homes which have had flickering lights or smoking outlets for a long time, which went unaddressed. While we understand that life can get hectic, electrical issues can become quite dangerous if left unchecked! If you notice flickering lights, buzzing sounds, smoky or otherwise unpleasant smells, outlet discoloration, or frayed wires, make sure to schedule an electrical inspection as soon as possible. Note, also, that circuit breakers which trip often are a sign of an electrical problem.

Practice Essential Fire Safety Habits

It?s often the little things that cause the biggest electric fires! Make sure that you and your entire family knows, and implements, the following safety tips:

  • Do not leave portable space heaters unattended
  • Do not leave portable space heaters on overnight
  • Make sure that your smoke detectors are tested regularly
  • Develop an evacuation plan, and establish a rendezvous point
  • Make sure that all family members know where to access, and how to use, fire extinguishers

Schedule An Appointment to See Our Electrician in Holly Springs

The best way to prevent an electrical fire from starting is scheduling an electrical safety inspection. Our Holly Springs electrical contractor can ensure your home meets NEC safety provisions, and install AFCI devices that recognize and stop electrical hazards. Finally, we can provide necessary upgrades that will help your system meet the demands of your current family size and technology use. To request a free estimate, click here!