A typical appliance repair emergency might be a leak or smoke or even flames coming from the home appliance.
If an appliance emergency happens in your house, unplug the appliance immediately and then call All-Pro Appliance Repair for local appliance repair in Yonkers. If there is an electrical fire resulting from one of the appliances inside of your house, we suggest calling the local fire department even before you try to extinguish the fire by yourself.
An electrical fire can be scary and very dangerous, but there are a couple of ways to be prepared in the event of an emergency. If one of your appliances goes up in flames, it is important not to panic and remain calm. Follow our easy guidelines to keep your home safe from electrical appliance fires.
Homeowners can prevent electrical fires before they start by following a few basic guidelines for appliance safety in a home. Do not plug too many devices into a single electrical outlet—the wiring can become overloaded and spark a fire, especially when there is debris like paper or clothes close to the outlet.
Sometimes we forget about the dangers of larger appliances because they stay plugged in all the time, but they present as much chance for a fire hazard as smaller electrical appliances like toasters and space heaters. Large appliances like a washing machine or dishwasher should not be left running overnight or any time you are away from home, and do not place a freezer or refrigerator in direct sunlight, to prevent overworking their cooling systems.
Examine all outlets regularly for extreme heat, burn marks, and crackling or buzzing noises that might indicate electrical arcing. Make sure you have at least one smoke detector on every story of your house, and test them regularly to keep them in good working condition.
If there is an appliance repair emergency such as an electrical fire, it could be tempting to put out the flames with water, however water should not be used to put out an electrical appliance fire.
Water conducts electricity, and pouring water on a power source might give a harmful electrical shock. It could even make the fire worse. Water could conduct the electricity to other parts of the room, running the risk of igniting other flammable items in the room.
The immediate thing you need to do is unplug the electric device from the power outlet and call your local fire department. Even if you think you are able to handle the fire yourself, it’s a good idea to have backup if the fire does get out of hand.
For little fires, you might be able to use baking soda to douse the flames. Covering the fuming or burning area with some baking soda can prevent oxygen flow to the flames with very little chance of electrocution. Baking soda also includes sodium bicarbonate, which is the same chemical used in regulation fire extinguishers. You also could be able to put out a small fire using a heavy blanket, but only if the fire is small enough to not catch the blanket on fire too.
For larger electrical appliance fires, use a Type C fire extinguisher. You should always be sure you own at least one Type C extinguisher in your home. Extinguishers should also be inspected regularly to ensure they aren’t expired. If there is a operational fire extinguisher in the home, release the pin near the top, aim the nozzle at the source of the flames, and press the handle. If the flames get too big to put out by yourself or you think the fire may block an exit, you should leave the home right away, shut the door behind you, and wait for help from the local fire department.
For the smaller appliance fires, call All-Pro Appliance Repair once the fire is extinguished and we will diagnose the reason for the fire and repair the electrical appliance and restore it to working order.
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