Electrical emergency: what to do while waiting for an electrician
No matter how maintenance conscious a homeowner is, there is still a possibility of encountering electrical emergencies. Every member of the household must be aware of what to do in case of an electrical emergency. Apart from periodic maintenance, having a safety plan in times of electrical emergencies is key in preventing electrical accidents at home.
One of the crucial periods is while waiting for the electrician to arrive. Most types of electrical emergencies call for the urgent response of an emergency electrician. Everyone in the household should know what to do during this critical period.
What electricians say about electrical fires
Electrical fires can occur on any home, but it is more likely to happen on those that are ill-maintained. When wirings are frayed, and circuits are overloaded, electrical fires can start. Upon noticing smoke coming from any electrical component or any part of the home, try to cut off the power source. Turn off power from the breaker to ensure total power loss that could at least prevent a full-blown electrical fire. After turning off the power, immediately call 911, they will tell you if they will respond to the emergency, or if it is safe to just have an emergency electrician respond to it.
Usually, when it is just smoke or overheating, and power was cut off from the main switch, there is no more need for emergency fire services. However, a licensed electrician should immediately carry out repairs and a thorough maintenance inspection to remediate the problem and eliminate further risks.
If it is however a fire, turn off the power from the breaker switch, and extinguish the fire. Make sure to use the appropriate fire extinguisher as there is an extinguisher meant for electrical fires and another type that can be used if the power was cut off at the main electrical breaker. Call for emergency help.
Electricians’ take on electrical shock
If the electrical emergency is about someone sustaining an electrical shock at home, then make sure to keep everyone else safe and carry out electric shock protocols at home. When someone sustained an electrical shock do not attempt to touch the person to avoid getting shocked. Ask everyone else to stay back while turning off the main power source at home. Call for emergency help. Try to remove the victim away from the power source by using a dry stick or PVC pipe. Do not move him further even if he is unconscious and wait for help to arrive. If the person says he is fine, do not cancel the call for help since sometimes electric shocks cause a delayed harmful effect on the victims.