Emergency Appliance Repair

A typical appliance repair emergency might be a leak or smoke or even flames coming from the household appliance.

If an appliance emergency happens in your house, unplug the appliance immediately and call C&B Chino Hills Appliance Repair for local appliance repair in Chino Hills. If there is an electrical fire happening with one of the appliances inside of your house, we suggest calling the town fire department even before attempting to extinguish the fire yourself.

An electrical fire can be scary and very dangerous, but there are a couple of ways to be prepared in the event of an emergency. If an appliance is in flames, it is important to not panic and remain calm. Follow these simple guidelines below to keep your home safe from electrical appliance fires.

HOW TO PREVENT ELECTRICAL FIRES

Homeowners can prevent electrical fires from ever starting by following a few simple rules of appliance safety in a home. Don’t plug in too many electrical devices into one outlet—the wiring can get overloaded and then spark a fire, especially when there is debris like clothes or paper nearby the outlet.

It can be easy to forget about the dangers of larger home appliances because they stay plugged in all of the time, but they present as much of a fire hazard as small electrical devices like toasters and space heaters. Larger appliances like a dishwasher or washing machine shouldn’t be left running overnight or any time you’re not at home, and don’t keep a freezer or refrigerator in direct sunlight, to prevent possibly overworking the cooling systems.

Check all of the outlets on a regular basis for extreme heat, burns, and buzzing or crackling sounds that could indicate electrical arcing. Be sure you have at least one smoke detector on each story of your home, and test the smoke detectors regularly to keep them in good working order.

WHAT NOT TO DO

If there’s an appliance repair emergency involving an electrical fire, it might be tempting to put out the flames with water, but water shouldn’t be used to fight an electrical appliance fire.

Water conducts electricity, and pouring water on a power source might give a severe electrical shock. It might even make the fire worse. Water can conduct electricity to other locations of the room, increasing the chance of igniting more flammable objects nearby.

HOW TO PUT OUT AN ELECTRICAL FIRE

The immediate thing you should do is unplug the electric device from the power outlet and call your fire department. Even if you think you might be able to take care of the fire on your own, it’s important to have help if the flames do get out of hand.

For minor fires, you might be able to pour on baking soda to smother the fire. Covering the fuming or burning spot with baking soda will sometimes prevent oxygen flow to the flames with little chance of electrocution. Baking soda also contains sodium bicarbonate, which is the substance in standard fire extinguishers. You may be able to put out a small fire using a heavy blanket, but only if the fire is small enough not to catch the heavy blanket on fire too.

For larger electrical fires, you need a Type C fire extinguisher. You should make sure you have at least one Type C extinguisher in your home. Extinguishers need to be inspected consistently to make sure they are not expired. If there is a operational extinguisher in the home, just release the pin at the top, aim the hose at the source of the fire, and squeeze the handle. If the fire gets too big to fight by yourself or you are concerned the fire might block an exit, leave the house right away, shut the door , and then wait for assistance from the local fire department.

For the smaller appliance fires, call C&B Chino Hills Appliance Repair once the flames are under control and we can diagnose the reason for the fire and repair the appliance and return it to its original condition.

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