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What to do in an Electrical Emergency
Many home fires are caused by malfunctioning electrical systems. Simply the idea of a fire starting behind your walls while you are sleeping is frightening. Luckily, most electrical emergencies manifest themselves in more subtle ways before they end up triggering a disaster. The secret is to be able to recognize the indications of a blossoming electrical emergency and know the appropriate steps to contain the issue until your local electrical contractor can get out to your the home of repair it.
If it’s already evident you have an electrical emergency and you need help now, call your Bentonville electrician, Davitt Electric at 479-640-7476 for quick, effective emergency service.
Typical Electrical Emergencies
Overloaded circuits – Using extension cords and/or plugging too many appliances and electronic devices into one circuit can overload the circuit and trigger the wires and receptacles to overheat. Indications of an overloaded circuit include discoloration around the plugs, frequent tripped circuit breakers, and even smoke originating from the outlet. If you see any of these signs, turn off the power to that circuit at the primary electrical box and call your Northwest Arkansas electrician to evaluate the issue.
Arcing electricity – Frayed, old, or otherwise damaged electrical cords can trigger an electrical circuit to bypass the cord and arc. This is an exceptionally hazardous scenario and can easily result in house fires. Do not try to unplug the cord if you see arcing. Rather, shut off the electricity to the space at the primary circuit box.
Power surges – Power surges, which take place when there is an unusually-high quantity of electricity in the circuit, are frequently the outcome of power coming back on unexpectedly after an outage. These bursts of electricity can damage your appliances and electronic devices as well as add to an electrical fire. Avoid these surges by unplugging your appliances, electronics, and lamps when the power goes out and then gradually re-plugging them once the electrical service has actually been brought back. Davitt Electric in Bentonville also installs whole-house surge protectors to help you avoid this problem.
Appliances – Faulty appliances with worn wiring can increase the risk of electrical shocks. Never use malfunctioning appliances and change them out immediately.