How Do You Put Out an
such as system upgrades is a smart way to lower your risk of electrical fires.
However, it’s important to know best practices should you ever be faced with
one. Preparing for how to put out an electrical fire, even if you don’t have a
fire extinguisher, could be the difference between a minor accident and a major
Put Your Safety First
If an electrical fire
is growing quickly and you’re not able to turn the electricity off, you need to
put your safety first. To ensure that you’ll have backup if you’re not able to
put out the fire yourself, call 112 right away and be sure to tell the
dispatcher that it’s an electrical fire. Then before attempting to put out the
fire yourself, make sure you can see two clear pathways to safety. Once one of
those two pathways becomes blocked or unsafe to approach, evacuate immediately.
It is not worth risking your life.
First: Disconnect the
electricity to the source of the fire. If an appliance is the source, unplug it
immediately. Unplugging it will reduce the risk that the flames will spread,
and you can focus your efforts on that one source of fire. If you can’t unplug
the source, you’ll need to disconnect the electricity in your home. If you can
safely get to your electrical panel, go there immediately and turn the power
off. Once you’ve killed the electricity, you are no longer at risk of
electrocution and the source of the fire is now cut off.
SECOND: Use Baking
Soda for Small Electrical Fires
If the fire began in
an appliance or an overloaded cord, once you’ve unplugged the power source,
toss baking soda over the flames. Baking soda contains the chemical compound
sodium bicarbonate, which is also in Class C fire extinguishers. Keeping an
open box of baking soda easily accesible could become a lifesaver if a small appliance
like a toaster or crockpot bursts into flames.
Never Use Water While
the Power Is On
Although it may be
your first impulse, never use water on any size electrical fire if your power
is still on. Water conducts electricity, so if you toss water onto the flames,
you are at risk of being badly shocked.
How to Put Out an
Electrical Fire Once the Power Is Off
disconnected the electricity in your house, you have more options to fight the
flames. A fire blanket is a great option if you don’t have a fire extinguisher.
Fire blankets stifle the oxygen a fire needs to burn, putting it out entirely
if it’s small enough. If you don’t have a fire blanket handy and you’re
confident the power is off, water is now an option. Using a large bucket or
even the spray nozzle from your sink, douse the fire with as much water as
possible until it is completely out.
Fires Before They Start
To prevent electrical
fires from starting, consider an electrical safety inspection if you have any concerns about your
electrical system. The experts at BOWWWOD ELECTRICAL can help you decide which upgrades may be
right for your electrical system to keep your family safe. Remember to always call your local BOWWOOD
ELECTRICAL on +2349078652960 at the first sign of any issues.
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If you have experienced smoke or fire damage from an electrical
fire, call BEC too, You can count on BEC for fire and smoke damage