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How To Put Out A Small Electrical Fire
How To Put Out A Small Electrical Fire
February 01, 2023

How To Put Out A Small Electrical Fire

As a home or property owner, there’s nothing more frightening than an electrical fire. If you are dealing with a small fire, you may be able to put it out by yourself without compromising your safety. However, you risk further damage leading to a significant emergency if you don’t have the experience and expertise to handle an electrical fire. When dealing with an electrical fire hazard, you need to hire a professional electrician to alleviate potential safety risks, ensuring the issue is handled with expertise and appropriate tools.

If you attempt to extinguish the electrical fire by yourself, it is crucial to put your safety first despite the magnitude of the fire. Start by assessing your surroundings to ensure you have two clear exists in case something goes wrong. If an electric fire becomes more significant than you can handle, get out of the building and call the local fire department. Neighborhood Electric recommend hiring an electrician for routine maintenance to detect potentially failing systems before the problem gets out of hand. Here are some ways to install a small electrical fire on your premises.

Switch Off the Electricity

A common cause of electrical fires is plugging in a device that requires a lot of electrical power than your electrical system can provide. Check to see if the electrical panel is accessible, but if it isn’t, you should hire a reputable and reliable electrician to switch off the electricity completely. Once you pinpoint the source of the flames, switch off the electricity to prevent the risk of electrocution and reduce the chances of the flames from spreading.

Using Baking Soda

If you are dealing with a small electrical fire, tossing baking soda over the flames can deter the flames from growing. This technique aims to cut off the supply of oxygen to the fire, and the sodium bicarbonate in baking soda is ideal for this purpose. While baking and soda effectively reduce the intensity of the flames, if the issue doesn’t subside, the next call you make should be to a trained electrician.

Never Use Water

Water and electricity should never mix. Water conducts electricity, and pouring it on electrical fires increases the risk of electrocution and injuries. Although firefighters use water to put out fires in extreme cases, pouring it on electrical fires is not advisable. Electrical service can help reduce the risk of electrocution by ensuring there’s no electrical current running through your wires or appliances.

Use a Blanket

Another effective solution to small electrical fires is using a heavy blanket to deprive the flames of oxygen. However, most people mistake throwing the blanket to cover the flames, risking an even bigger fire. Don’t attempt to put out your fire using this technique if the blanket is smaller than the fire to prevent injuries and other safety hazards.

If you suspect a problem with your electrical system, contact us at Neighborhood Electric and schedule a consultation with our professional electrician. We provide exceptional installations and maintenance services at competitive market rates.