How to Deal with an Electrical Emergency

Posted on Jun 6th 2023


How to Deal with an Electrical Emergency

Electricity is an essential part of our daily lives, but it can quickly become dangerous during an electrical emergency. Read on to learn more about the types of electrical emergencies to watch out for and steps to take during such situations, brought to you by our experts at Custom Electrical Services .

What is Considered an Electrical Emergency?

Electrical emergencies can pose a serious risk to the safety of yourself and your home, so it is essential to understand what constitutes an electrical emergency and how to respond A few common emergencies can include:

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Electrical Fire

An electrical fire is a severe emergency that can quickly escalate and endanger lives and property. Common signs include smoke, sparks, and the smell of burning. Electrical fires require immediate attention; your priority should be your safety and the safety of those around you.

Electrical Shock

Experiencing an electrical shock is a serious situation that can result from faulty wiring or coming into contact with live electrical components. Signs of electric shock may include tingling sensations, muscle contractions, or even loss of consciousness. This emergency requires prompt action to prevent further harm.

Downed Power Lines

Strong winds, storms, or accidents can cause power lines to fall to the ground. Downed power lines pose a significant risk as they may still be live and capable of conducting electricity. If you come across a downed power line, keep your distance until professionals deem them safe.

Water Damage

Water and electricity are an especially hazardous combination. Any situation involving water damage and electrical circuits can lead to electrocution or electrical fires. Flooding, leaks, or damaged electrical appliances require immediate attention to minimize the risks.

What to Do During an Electrical Emergency

Electrical emergencies demand swift action and a cautious approach to ensure the safety of yourself and those around you. Here are a few immediate steps and important things to keep in mind to take after an emergency:

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Cut the Power

In any electrical emergency, your first step should be to cut off the power supply. Locate your main electrical panel and turn off the circuit breakers or remove the corresponding fuses. This step is crucial to prevent further electrical hazards

If There is a Fire, Extinguish It

In the event of an electrical fire, never attempt to put it out with water, as this can exacerbate the flames. Instead, use an extinguisher rated for electrical fires, such as a Class C extinguisher. If the fire is spreading rapidly or if you're uncertain about your ability to control it, evacuate the area immediately and call emergency services.

Don't Touch Anything

Avoid touching any electrical equipment, outlets, or exposed wiring during an electrical emergency. Even seemingly harmless components can carry dangerous levels of electricity.

Call for Emergency Services

It's important to note that attempting to fix electrical problems yourself can be extremely dangerous. You should always prioritize your safety during an electrical emergency and leave electrical repairs to licensed professionals. As soon as you have ensured your safety and cut off the power, call emergency services for assistance rather than taking on the issue yourself.

Custom Electrical has supplied Utah residents and businesses with residential electrical services for over 26 years. If you and your family are struggling with the aftermath of an electrical emergency, our team of experts is prepared to provide you with the services you need. Don't risk your safety with a DIY electrical repair. Contact us today to schedule your free estimate!

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