What to Do in an Electrical Emergency
Posted on January 23, 2023 by Oozle Media
The most important and very first thing you should always do during an electrical emergency is turn off the power source if possible. Locate the circuit breaker box and shut off your home’s power to avoid further issues or fires. Then be sure to contact your local utility company. If you live in Utah, Rocky Mountain Power may be who you need to call.
If the electrical issue results in a fire, exit your home immediately. Even though electrical issues aren’t common, preparing for the worst is always the best. Have a safety exit plan ready to go and keep a fire extinguisher handy. Inspect your smoke detectors consistently to make sure that they are working properly. Take care of any serious issues sooner than later to avoid even more costly repairs in the future. Call 911 if needed.
What Is Considered an Electrical Emergency
An electrical emergency can be classified as anything from a small power outage to a burnt outlet or electric shock. Every scenario is different in terms of preparation. Keep in mind that severe storms can cause electrical hazards in and around your home. Understanding these hazards and what to do to protect your home and family is important.
Read our guide to know how to recognize the most common electrical emergencies and what you can do to avoid serious issues in the future.
Electrical fires typically come from faulty wires and appliances. These types of fires are extremely dangerous, so it’s important to stay far away from the fire and call 911 immediately. After the fire is put out, call your local electrician to inspect your home’s electrical system, before turning everything back on.
Failed Circuit Breaker
At JP Electrical, our team of experienced professionals works with panels, upgrades, replacements, and more! We make sure that everything is up to date and running properly. A circuit breaker box protects your home’s circuits from overloading. This can also protect short circuits from happening.
When an outlet becomes hot, it can cause a fire. If you start to see a brownish or black color coming from the outlet, this could mean that your circuit is having issues. Take care of this right away to prevent any electrical fires.
Electrical shocks are very dangerous and must be resolved quickly. It can happen from damaged wires or electrical repairs that you attempt to resolve yourself. It is better to call in a professional to get the job done right, so you can avoid any contact with electricity. Call 911 right away if you or anyone in your family has come in contact with electrical shock.
Downed Power Lines
If you ever see a downed power line in your neighborhood, stay away from it and don’t come in contact! It is a high voltage electrical wire that can be very dangerous. A downed power line usually results in power outages and can cause damage if it falls too close to your home. Call an electrical professional to take care of this if you notice a downed power line near your home!
Basements are prone to flooding during severe storms. When it comes to a flood, we advise you to always be cautious, as submerged electrical products are a serious hazard. If you are aware of any electrical appliances coming in contact with water after a flood, have a local professional inspect them before turning them on again.
Wet Electrical Items
Electrical appliances can still become wet, even if there has not been a flood in your home. Water and electricity can be a recipe for disaster. Especially be cautious of fuses and circuit breakers. Again, always contact a professional who knows what they are doing before coming in contact with wet equipment.
Power from Generators
One of the best ways to prevent an electrical issue is to make sure you know how to use your generator. Avoid safety hazards with these tips:
- Keep your generator dry and avoid using it during a storm. Never use it when wet.
- Operate on a dry surface.
- Use a transfer switch and appropriate socket to connect it to your home. The Switches must only be installed by a licensed electrician.
- Use power boards that have an overload cut-out switch.
- Consistently make sure your generator is working properly.
- Never operate the generator inside. Keep it outside to avoid carbon monoxide.
- Be cautious when it comes to fuel. Turn off the generator and let it cool down before using.
Contact JP Electrical for Your Electrical Needs and Services
If you have any kind of electrical emergency or are in need of an inspection, JP Electrical is here to provide you with the services you need. Located in Utah on the Wasatch Front, our team of electricians are here to insure safety in your home or business. For any questions or electrical services, call us today and we will be happy to assist you with commercial or residential needs.