We don’t know how we’ll behave in an emergency until we’re put to the test. Knowing how to protect yourself, your family, or your employees’ safety is critical when it comes to electrical emergencies. Read on to find out how to handle electrical crises and what to do while you wait for your electrician.
What is Considered an Electrical Emergency?
Every day, our household electricians deal with crises. To begin, it’s critical to understand what constitutes an electrical emergency. Unfortunately, minor inconveniences such as a power loss or a flickering television are not considered emergencies. An emergency occurs when you are in a life-threatening situation, such as, but not limited to:
- Smoke emitted by a cable or a gadget
- Your power supply is overheating.
- Your breaker panel’s lights are flickering.
- Power lines that have fallen
- A fire caused by electricity
If you have fallen power lines, smoke, or a fire, notify the fire department or an emergency electrician right away so they can solve the situation as quickly as possible.
Dealing With Electric Shocks
Electric shocks are very common in homes and businesses. Electrical shocks can cause burns, short circuits, and fires. They can also cause severe and deadly health problems. In many cases, the shock is not triggered by faulty equipment. It is caused by accidental contact between an energised part of the circuit and a person.
If you have just been shocked, you need to stop what you’re doing and remove yourself from the scene. Do not touch any electrical equipment. Instead, use non-conducting materials to get to safety.
If you are shocked and near meters, disconnect them and exit. If you are shocked and near fibre optics, you must turn off the electrical main.
How to Deal With Electrical Fires
If an electrical fire is rapidly spreading and you cannot switch off the power, you must prioritise your safety. To guarantee that you have a backup if you cannot extinguish the fire alone, contact an emergency electrician immediately and inform them that it is an electrical fire. Then, before attempting to extinguish the fire on your own, make sure you have two clear paths to safety. Evacuate quickly if one of those two paths becomes closed or hazardous to approach. It is not worth putting your life in danger.
Disconnect the Electricity
If you’re not near your electrical main or an electrical box, you might have to disconnect the electricity yourself. It would help if you disconnected the electricity before attempting to put out the fire. This is typically done by pulling the plug. If this is not possible, the emergency electrician will help you disconnect the electricity by using a fire truck’s high-voltage cut-off tool.
Use Baking Soda For Small Fires
If the fire is small, the best tools you can use are baking soda or a dry powder extinguisher. If you use baking soda, make sure to use a large amount and cover the base of the fire. When using a dry powder extinguisher, ensure that you do not get the powder in your eyes, mouth, or nose.
Never Use Water
Never, ever use water to put out a fire. Water & electricity are a dangerous combination. You can receive a fatal electric shock from as little as 1 inch of water.
Call an Emergency Electrician
If you cannot put out the fire on your own, or if the fire is too big for you to handle, you need to call an emergency electrician. If the fire is small and you can put it out on your own, please do so. If you can put out the fire, but you cannot turn the electricity off yourself, please avoid taking the unnecessary risk.
Buderim Electrical is a quality after-hours 24 emergency electrician in the Sunshine Coast. We provide experienced & affordable services such as Domestic, Commercial, Industrial, Air Conditioning & Emergency Electrical Repairs. Request a booking or quote today by calling us on 0499 995 125.