For the sake of everyone’s safety, it’s crucial to develop a plan for dealing with electrical fire in the home. It could be a frayed cord near some drapes or a fault in the circuit. Fires caused by electricity, no matter how they start, are always a threat.
In the event of an electrical fire, emergency procedures include:
Shut Off the Power:
In the event of an electrical fire, turning off the power to the faulty circuit is an absolute must. To do this, go to the breaker box in your house and toggle the appropriate switch. If the problem is caused by a frayed wire or an overheated device, turning off the power or unplugging the appliance will not solve the problem.
This should be enough to prevent the fire from ever getting started if it hasn’t already begun. This is crucial since it lessens the possibility of electric shock to anyone attempting to put out the fire and frees up additional resources for doing so.
Get out the fire extinguisher!
Everyone in the house should know how to use a fire extinguisher in the event of an electrical fire, if one is present. Only use a fire extinguisher with a Class C rating if you were unable to turn off the power to the area where the fire started. Extinguishers such as carbon dioxide or dry chemicals are used in this. If there was a blackout, a water-based Class A extinguisher would be the best option.
To use, compress the handle by pulling the pin, then aiming the horn at the fire’s foundation while maintaining pressure on the handle. Keep spraying the chemical until the fire is completely out. Class A and Class C fire extinguishers are incompatible and should only be used in the situations specified in their respective labels, therefore it’s important to know which one you have.
Put Out the Flames
A fire extinguisher is not always handy, therefore it’s important to know how to put out an electrical fire manually. The fire can be put out using a fire blanket or with water if the electricity has been cut off. Do not use water and stay away from the fire if you are unsure whether the power is off or not.
If a fire breaks out and you are unable to put it out, leave the premises immediately and calmly before calling 911. Keep low to the ground to prevent inhaling smoke, and if your clothes catch fire, halt, drop, and roll.
Call 911 and leave the building immediately
In the event of a fire, you should always call 911, even if the blaze has been extinguished. If you were unable to turn off the electricity to the source of the fire, even a smoldering object could catch fire again.
Up to ninety per cent of breaker panels have inaccurate labels, a fact that many house owners do not know. Panels should be tested to ensure that they are properly identified and that power can be cut off quickly and reliably in the event of an emergency.
Knowing what to do if an electrical fire breaks out is critical, but preventing them is crucial. Keep combustible items away from electrical outlets, especially if they are in use. Remember not to connect more than one power strip in a row if you’re using one. Protect your devices from damage caused by a power surge by utilizing a surge protector.