An electrical emergency is an issue that no homeowner ever wants to face. After all, if your home experiences electrical emergencies, it can put you and your family in jeopardy. With that in mind, residential electrical repair experts strongly recommend that homeowners such as yourself learn as much as possible about electrical emergencies.
Here are four common electrical emergencies that you could experience and what to do about them.
Power Outages – Power outages can be a common experience if there are often strong storms in your area. Along with being common, they can also be highly dangerous. As such, whenever your home experiences power outages, be sure to turn off the main power source and check it before inspecting the source for damaged wiring or breakers. If the power source sustained any form of damage, contact an electrician to get it fixed as soon as possible. However, if the breakers are still in good condition, turn them on when power returns to prevent energy fluctuations.
Electrical Fires – Electrical fires are usually caused by overloading, faulty or exposed wiring or flammable objects coming
n range of your light bulbs. Of all electrical emergencies, this is the one that you really don’t want to experience. Unfortunately, sometimes this does happen, and when it does, you need to follow four steps: first, cut the power supply to reduce the risk of shock. Next, use an extinguisher to put out the fire and call the fire department whether you succeeded in doing so or not. Afterward, be sure to evacuate the area until help arrives.
Electrical Shocks – When your home has frayed electrical wires, damaged cords or unmaintained outlets, electrical shocks are one of the electrical emergencies you’ll likely experience. If you’re facing such an emergency, simply turn off the power supply, unplug the appliance and contact licensed residential electricians immediately to help repair the damage. If anyone in your home received an electrical shock, avoid touching them to prevent electrocution. Instead, call your local emergency service for assistance. If you have any experience with CPR, however, administer it until responders arrive at your home.
Fallen Power Lines – On the other hand, fallen power lines are also a serious hazard to your life and property. As such, they should be dealt with with extreme caution, and you should always stay at least 40 feet away from the power line. In addition, avoid coming into contact with anything that touched the fallen power line and call your local authorities for assistance immediately.
If you’re looking for expert electricians who can help you keep your home in top shape. don’t hesitate to turn to Bailey & Shipp, the number one experts to approach when it comes to troubleshooting and generator installation services. Give us a call at (410) 571-0900 or fill out our contact form to request our services. We serve homeowners in Columbia, MD, and other nearby areas.