Emergency Appliance Repair

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

If an appliance emergency happens, unplug the appliance right away and call J&J Jackson Appliance Repair for local appliance repair in Jackson. If there’s an electrical fire resulting from one of the appliances inside your house, we advise calling the local fire department before you try to put out the fire by yourself.

An electrical fire is scary and very dangerous, but there are a couple of steps to be prepared in the event of an emergency. If one of your appliances goes up in flames, it is very important not to panic and to remain calm. Follow our simple guidelines below to keep your house safe from electrical appliance fires.

PREVENTING ELECTRICAL FIRES

You are able to prevent electrical fires from ever starting by following some basic rules of appliance safety. Don’t plug too many electrical devices into one electrical outlet—the wiring can get overloaded and spark a fire, especially if there is clutter like clothes or paper nearby the electrical outlet.

It is possible to forget about the dangers of larger residential appliances since they are plugged in all the time, but they still present as much of a fire hazard as smaller devices like toasters and space heaters. Large appliances like a washing machine or dishwasher shouldn’t be left to run overnight or any time you’re away from home, and don’t keep a refrigerator or freezer in direct sunlight, to prevent possibly overworking the cooling systems inside.

Examine all outlets on a regular basis for excessive heat, signs of burns, and crackling or buzzing sounds that could indicate electrical arcing. Make sure you keep at least one smoke detector on each floor of your home, and test them often to keep them in working condition.

WHAT TO NOT DO

If there’s an appliance repair emergency such as an electrical fire, it can be tempting to put out the fire with water, however water should not be used to fight an electrical appliance fire.

Water can conduct electricity, and throwing water on a power source could give a harmful electrical shock. It might even make the fire stronger. Water might conduct the electricity to additional areas of the room, increasing the risk of igniting other flammable objects in the area.

HOW TO EXTINGUISH AN ELECTRICAL FIRE

The first thing you need to do is to unplug the electric device from the power source and call your fire department. Even if you are able to put out the fire yourself, it is important to have help if the flames do get out of hand.

For smaller fires, you might be able to use baking soda to smother the flames. Covering the smoldering or burning spot with baking soda can prevent oxygen flow to the flames with very little chance of electrocution. Baking soda also contains sodium bicarbonate, which is the substance in regulation fire extinguishers. You could be able to extinguish a small fire with a heavy blanket as well, but only when the fire is small enough not to catch the blanket on fire too.

For larger electrical fires, use a Type C fire extinguisher. You should always make sure you have at least one Type C fire extinguisher in your home. Extinguishers should also be inspected regularly to be sure they are not expired. If you have a working extinguisher in the home, pull the pin at the top, point the hose at the flames, and press the handle. If the fire gets too big to fight by yourself or you think the fire could block an exit, leave the home as fast as possible, close the door behind you, and then wait for assistance from the fire department.

For the small appliance fires, call J&J Jackson Appliance Repair once the flames are under control and we will diagnose the cause of the fire and repair the electrical appliance and return it to its original condition.

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