Put Out an Electrical Fire with these Easy Steps

Fires are stressful events. An unexpected moment can lead to home and property damage or worse.

Electrical fires are not easy to identify so they can end up being extra destructive. Winters force many people indoors. More time spent inside means more strain on the electrical grid and the devices or outlets in individual homes. Preventing electrical fire is another matter.

This blog will focus on how to stop this type of fire once you notice it.

What to Do if you See an Electrical Fire

Remain Calm

Emotions flair when people see flames. Your flight or fight response naturally kicks in to protect you. Work to take a deep breath. This moment will help you accurately assess the situation so you may better respond. Consider the location of the fire and how isolated it is.

The more information you have, the more likely you can end the fire or help emergency workers respond to it. You and your family’s safety comes first. If possible, take the following steps. If the fire is already too extreme, leave immediately and call the fire department.

Disconnect Electricity

If the fire started in an appliance, notice where it plugs into the wall. Unplug the device if you can do so safely. If not or if the flames jump out of the outlet itself, try to shut off the breaker for that area. Without being fed by a current, the fire may stop right away. 

Use Baking Soda

Once there is no more active electricity, use baking soda to douse the flames. If a toaster or small oven is the problem, you may be able to take care of the problem. 

Avoid Water

Even if you disconnect power, avoid water. Water from the tap conducts electricity excellently. Don’t get shocked by trying to slow an electrical fire.

Call in the Experts

No matter what, call in the experts. You may need to call in emergency responders after leaving your home right away. If you can confidently put out the fire, you should still have a certified electrician assess the damage as soon as possible.

Electric Blue has been in the industry for over 20 years. We can help you identify electrical hazards to prevent fires or assess the damage after an electrical fire. Give us a call today at (303) 790-8813.

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