Emergency Appliance Repair

A typical appliance repair emergency might be a leak or smoke or even a fire coming from the home appliance.

In the event of an appliance emergency in your house, unplug the appliance right away and call Kenosha Appliance Repair for local appliance repair in Kenosha. If there’s an electrical fire happening with one of the appliances in your home, we advise calling the fire department even before attempting to extinguish 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 appliance goes up in flames, it is important to not panic. Follow our simple guidelines below to keep your house safe from electrical appliance fires.

HOW TO PREVENT ELECTRICAL FIRES

You are able to prevent electrical fires from ever starting by following a couple of basic rules of appliance safety in a home. Be careful not to plug in a lot of electrical devices into one outlet—the wiring can become overloaded and spark a fire, especially if there is debris like paper or clothes close to the outlet.

Sometimes we forget about the dangers of larger appliances because they remain plugged in all of the time, but they present as much of a fire hazard as small electrical devices like toasters and space heaters. Large appliances like a dishwasher or washing machine should not be left running overnight or while you are away from home, and do not keep a refrigerator or freezer in line of direct sunlight, to prevent overworking the cooling systems.

Examine all outlets on a regular basis for extreme heat, burn marks, and buzzing or crackling sounds that might indicate electrical arcing. Make sure you have at least one smoke detector on every floor of your house, and test the smoke detectors quarterly to keep them in working condition.

WHAT TO NOT DO

If there is an appliance repair emergency such as an electrical fire, it could be tempting to douse the fire with water, however water shouldn’t be used to douse an electrical fire.

Water can conduct electricity, and pouring water on a power source could cause a severe electrical shock. It might even make the fire even worse. Water can conduct electricity to additional areas of the room, increasing the risk of igniting other flammable objects nearby.

HOW TO PUT OUT AN ELECTRICAL FIRE

The immediate step you need to do is to unplug the electric appliance from the power outlet and call your local fire department. Even if you can extinguish the fire on your own, it’s important to have backup if the fire does get out of control.

For minor fires, you may be able to pour on baking soda to smother the flames. Covering the fuming or burning spot with baking soda can prevent oxygen flow to the flames with very little risk of electrocution. Baking soda contains sodium bicarbonate, which is the same substance in regulation fire extinguishers. You may be able to extinguish a smaller fire with a heavy blanket, but only when the flames are small enough to not catch the heavy blanket on fire as well.

For big electrical appliance fires, you need a Type C fire extinguisher. You should make sure you have at least one Type C or multi-use fire extinguisher in your house. Extinguishers should also be inspected regularly to ensure they haven’t expired. If there is a working fire extinguisher in the home, pull the pin at the top, aim the nozzle at the fire, and press the handle. If the flames get too big to put out alone or you are concerned the fire may block an exit, you should leave the home immediately, shut the door , and wait for assistance from the fire department.

For the smaller appliance fires, call Kenosha Appliance Repair once the fire is under control and we can diagnose the cause of the fire and repair the electrical appliance and return it to its original condition.

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