It goes without saying that electricity is an incredibly important part of our daily lives. We take it for granted – it is simply one of the things that make the world turn. However, electricity can fail us at times. In our homes, this is usually because of poor wiring and faulty appliances, and this can present potential dangers to you and your family.
Electrical emergencies can be potentially dangerous for you and your family. Here’s what you need to know about what they are and what to do.
Some issues are fairly straightforward and shouldn’t be a cause for concern – if you cannot solve the problem yourself, simply call your electrician to get it sorted. But in some cases, a situation may be considered an electrical emergency. Let’s take a look at what this means and what you should do in these circumstances.
What Is Considered an Electrical Emergency?
An electrical emergency is basically any situation involving electricity where people could potentially get hurt. This is a fairly broad description but it is the only possible one because every situation is different. Determining whether something is an emergency will require some personal judgement. A blackout is not considered an emergency (except, say, in a commercial office building where this could potentially lead to someone injuring themselves).
A hazardous electrical situation may involve burning wires or smoke coming from an electrical device, wiring or an electrical panel. Lights flickering on your breaker panel or fallen electrical wires and power lines are also indicative of a dangerous situation where somebody could get electrocuted or a fire could start.
What To Do In An Electrical Emergency
What you should do in these kinds of situation will chance on a case by case basis. You may be able to resolve the issue yourself, for example by switching off your main breaker. However, if wires are burning, smoke is coming from a device or wiring, your panel is getting hot or there are flickering lights in your breaker panel, this may indicate a dangerous situation and you should steer well clear of coming in contact with the problematic device/wires etc.
Electrical emergencies can be quite stressful, but it is important to stay calm and to approach the situation with a clear head. If somebody has been electrocuted or the situation is critical (such as if power lines have fallen on your home, or there is an electrical fire) call emergency services immediately and await instructions.
If somebody in your home has been shocked by an electrical appliance such as a hairdryer, toaster or wall socket, be sure not to touch them as you could be electrocuted too. Unplug the responsible appliance and switch off the power in your home to ensure no further damage is caused. Call emergency services and await instructions. If possible, ensure the injured person is warm, still and lying down until an ambulance arrives.
If there is an electrical fire in your home, do not use any water to try and quell the flames. Call emergency services immediately. If you have one on hand and are qualified to use it, use a fire extinguisher or fire blanket to put out the flames. However, you should only do this if the fire is manageable. If the fire is out of hand, or if you do not have an extinguisher or blanket on hand, leave your home right away.
How To Be Prepared For An Electrical Emergency
Electrical emergencies can happen at any time to anyone, so it’s always good to be prepared.
• Have the contact information for emergency services available in an easy to access part of the house, such as on the fridge or a communal noticeboard. It might also be a good idea to keep your electrician’s number handy.
• Purchase a fire extinguisher or fire blanket and ensure that everyone in your home knows where they are an how to use them
• Always have an escape plan, make sure the other occupants of your home know what it is
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