DEALING WITH ELECTRICAL EMERGENCIES7 min read

Electrical appliances are non-negotiable in modern homes. Ever imagined how boring life would look like without the presence of the ever-useful appliances, or worse without electricity? As useful and important as electricity is, it also comes with its potential risks. When handled carelessly, the destructive part of electricity shows up, and that part is extremely dangerous. 

As little as a damaged cord or an overheating outlet can lead to sparks or burnt fuses and in turn, cause an electrical emergency. This is why every homeowner and occupant needs to be familiar with electrical safety rules and strictly implement them. 

It is also advisable to always have an electrician around you. An emergency electrician UK can regularly check on your electrical system to ensure that everything is functioning properly, and there are no lurking dangers. Regular maintenance and adherence to safety rules can reduce your risk of an electrical emergency. However, sometimes these emergencies are inevitable. One must, therefore, be prepared and get knowledge of what to do during an electrical emergency. 

Outlined below are some essential electrical emergency tips that can help you create a plan of action in the case of an emergency. 

Electrical Fire

An electrical fire, like every other type of fire, can be very dangerous. Whether it is caused by a naked wire making contact with flammable material, or by sparks, the effect can be terrible. This is why you must know what to do in the case of an electrical fire.

Cut the power supply

From the circuit breaker box, you can locate the main power switch and turn it off. It is not enough to unplug the appliance causing the fire or to cut power from that particular outlet. Especially in places where the fire is already burning, the best thing is to cut the general power supply. By doing this, you can also reduce the risk of an electric shock that can happen to anyone trying to control the fire.

Use a fire extinguisher

Keep an extinguisher in a visible area, and also all occupants of the home should know how to use one. After cutting the power supply, use an extinguisher to put out the fire. A class-A extinguisher should be used if the power was cut as this contains water. A class-C extinguisher should be used in cases where the power could not be cut as this contains chemicals. Do not interchange the extinguishers. Have your fire extinguisher checked to determine the particular class before using it.

Put out the fire

If you do not have an extinguisher, there are still some other methods of putting out the fire. You can use a blanket to smother it. If you are unsure of what to do, do not try using water and do not go close to the fire. Get out and call for help.

Call for help

If you are clueless on what to do, call 911 immediately. Remember to stay away from the fire, and if you get the fire on your clothes, stop, lay on the floor and roll to put out the fire.

By taking these precautionary steps, you can handle electrical fires and minimise damages. You can also use surge protectors to monitor appliances and prevent excess current, which can be harmful.

Electrical Shock

We sometimes come in contact with electricity; this could be as a result of carelessly kept electrical cords and outlets or when our electrical appliances come in contact with water. They commonly result in electric shock, and we all know this is not a pleasant experience. Naked wires when in contact with water or skin can be disastrous. It is vital to have certain electric shock emergency procedures in place should in case it ever occurs. Here are some ways of handling electrical emergencies;

Avoid contact with an electrocuted person: 

Instead of trying to use your body to separate someone from the current, use an insulating material. For no reason should you be compelled to touch the person — direct contact can lead to you also getting shocked. Stay calm and call for help.

Cut off the power supply

If you can reach the circuit breaker in time, cut the power supply instantly. Make sure you keep a reasonable distance between you and the appliance.

Try to separate the person and call for help

If you find a dry insulated object like wood or a PVC pipe, use it to separate the person that is currently being shocked. The faster you can get the person away from the current, the better the condition of the person. Immediately call for help once you have separated the person. If you know how to administer CPR, then go ahead with it. If not, wait for the medical experts.

Power Outage

Some of the possible reasons for a power outage include; energy shortage, a bad storm or a faulty power line. In the event of this, you must be prepared.

Trace the source

It is possible that a circuit breaker tripped and caused a blackout in your house. Check to see that the problem is not from your circuit breaker. Contact an emergency electrician London to assist you in tracing the fault.

Keep a power outage emergency kit

You do not have to be in total darkness during the blackout. Make sure you are prepared by keeping an emergency kit. Your kit should contain substitute cooking options, an extra battery for your mobile phone, a battery-powered lamp and other necessary equipments.

Turn off all power outlets

Once a blackout happens, quickly turn off the power outlets where all appliances are plugged into. Also, check to see that your appliances are connected to surge protectors to protect them when the power returns.

Contact your distributor

Reach out to your power distributor and report the issue to them. The power distributor can trace the source of the problem and fix it instantly.

Safe reset

When the power returns, do not be in a hurry to turn on appliances. After some time, switch on the circuit breaker first before switching on all appliances.

Fallen Power Lines

A fallen power line can pose a threat to the occupants of homes around it. When a power line falls around you, be very cautious. Follow the following rules;

Be cautious:Treat a fallen power line cautiously. Even if it seems like the line is not active, avoid it. You never can tell when the line might have an electric current. Keep a distance of about 40 feet from a fallen power line.

Stay away from trees: If a fallen power line is in contact with a tree, then that tree can be dangerous. Such a tree can be conductive, so avoid trees that look like they are in contact with a fallen power line. Generally, avoid trees close to a fallen power line.

Keep people away: Inform people about the danger of a fallen power line around them. If you are walking, stay away from the area, if you are driving, turn on the hazard lights in your vehicles, and keep your vehicles away from the power line.

Contact the authorities: Immediately you notice a fallen power line, contact the local authorities and report the issue to them. If your vehicle comes in contact with the fallen power line, here are some things you can do;

Remain in your car: Do not come out of your car. Stay in your car and contact the authorities to find out if it is safe for you to come out.

Inform others: From your car, you can communicate with the people around you and inform them about the fallen power line.

A power line can fall and cause a lot of threat to the surrounding occupants. Be sure to stay away from a fallen power line and any object in contact with the line. This is because the power line can be live and cause electrocution. Contact the authorities and report the issue to them immediately. 

At Electrical Works London, we ensure that your electrical system is regularly maintained. We offer numerous electrical services, and our electricians in London are well trained with adequate experience in handling emergency electrical issues. Do contact us by giving us a call today. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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