What To Do During An Electrical Emergency

emergency electricianElectrical appliances have grown to be a crucial part of people’s daily lives these days. However, many of them remain unprepared when it comes to accidents related to the electrical system. Many of them even disregard the need to call an emergency electrician.

The Electrical Safety Foundation International said that there was a 15% increase in electrical fatalities during the years 2015 and 2016, which led to about 153 fatalities. The number of electrical devices will increase and add more burden on the electrical wiring of a house. If an electrical outlet is taking more current than what it is made to handle, it can lead to deadly accidents.

It is true that routine maintenance can minimize the risk of emergencies, accidents may still happen. To help ensure your safety, here are a few tips you need to know if you encounter an electrical emergency.

Electrical Fire

Your house has a lot of wires, which could get tangled up among one another. One primary cause of electrical fire is a short circuit. You need to have a proper emergency response procedures to make sure that you and your family are safe. The first thing you have to do is cut off the power. Locate your home’s breaker box and flip that switch to cut off the power supply to your house. Avoid using faulty electrical appliances because they can pose a risk especially if the wires have been damaged or some of the components of the affected appliance have overheated. Don’t forget your fire extinguisher. It will always be your first line of defense. You should also install smoke detectors in areas like the kitchen and basement.

Electrocution

Electrocution can damage bone ligaments, tissues, and important organs of the body. You need to have a plan set in place in case of an electrical shock. First is to avoid contact with it. In case someone has come in contact with electricity and is about to get electrocuted, don’t touch him or her because you will just serve as another pathway for the electrical current. Call for backup right away and try to cut off the source of electricity. If you have kids, be sure to cover your electrical outlets, especially the ones that are low lying. You should also consider installing a safety switch, which will shut the circuit off in case it detects an electrical problem.

Power Outage

There are several reasons why blackouts and power failures happen. It can be due to variables that you cannot control like a natural disaster or those that are in your control like poorly configured electrical appliances, faulty wiring, and shorting. There are things you can do to protect your home and family in case of a power failure. The first thing you have to do is check the circuit breaker and determine if it has tripped due to a short circuit. There are ways to fix this but it is still better to hire a North Myrtle Beach emergency electrician. Install surge protectors. Once power returns to your house, there will be a surge of energy to your electrical devices which could reduce their longevity or damage the appliances. If you install a surge protector, you will be able to prevent a sudden jolt of electricity that could fry out the components of your electrical appliances.

Call NMB Electrician Pros if you are having an electrical emergency.

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