Electrical Emergencies: Everything You Need to Know

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Causing 23,400 electrical fires between 2011 and 2020, electrical emergencies are a clear danger for residential areas.

Knowing how to identify an electrical emergency is the most important way to avoid them, or to stop them early and reduce their destruction.

Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about electrical emergencies!

What Is an Electrical Emergency?

“Electrical emergencies” is a broad term, relating to any problem that has to do with electricity that can be dangerous for the people nearby.

Sometimes electrical emergencies are power outages, like in commercial buildings. Sometimes they’re fires that result from faulty wiring. The consequences of an electrical emergency are usually what make it an emergency, rather than the event itself.

Every electrical emergency is different, so it’s impossible to prepare for everything perfectly. But the best thing you can do is be aware of electrical emergencies, and have a few good protocols in place for when they happen.

Types of Electrical Emergencies

There are three key types of electrical emergencies. The first relates to damage to a person, and the second relates to damage to a building or electrical circuit. The third relates to no electricity at all.

A person getting electrocuted is an emergency. Depending on the voltage and how long they were electrocuted, there’s a good chance they need to go to the emergency room to get checked out.

Electrical emergencies due to faulty wiring or electrical circuit overloads can look like sparks, smoke, or even small fires. These, if left unattended, can get out of control quickly and become incredibly dangerous.

Power failures are also an emergency if there’s no power for long enough. The length of time until it becomes an emergency is usually dictated by the weather conditions and support systems you can access in your area. It’ll also depend on whether a whole area is out, or just one or two houses.

Electrical Emergency Guide

There’s no guarantee to avoid electrical emergencies, but there are a few things you can do to limit the chance of one happening.

Make sure your home is fitted with surge protectors to avoid power outages. Make sure you’ve got emergency power sources in case you need them.

Upgrade any plugs or switches that are older than a decade. Look into annual maintenance with a professional electrician to make sure everything looks good. Don’t use extension cords that look old or frayed.

Have a fire extinguisher on hand. Make sure your family has a plan in case of fires, and go over it every few months to keep it fresh in their minds. If plugs or appliances start sparking or smoking, turn off the power point immediately and call an emergency electrician to check it out.

Avoiding Electrical Emergencies

Electrical emergencies are a danger in residential areas, so it’s important to stay prepared for them. Use these tips to limit the chance of an electrical emergency, and always be on the lookout to stop one as soon as it happens.

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