It has been determined that bad electrical wiring causes more than 50% of residential home fires. Though, a high rate of electricity demands in homes makes it even more dangerous. According to Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), it was discovered that over 50,000 home fire accident that resulted in more than 500 deaths, over 1400 injuries and the loss of over $1.3 billion property was caused by electrical fires.
It is important to be very careful when using electrical appliances or other electrical equipment. Here are some of the steps to take if a situation arises:
Identify the source
The first and most important thing to do if you have an incident is to identify the source and try to put it out from there. For example, if the fire was started from your dryer, the first thing you do is unplug it from the electrical socket (if you’re able to reach it). Never use water to extinguish the electrical fire because it’s also a conductor of electricity and can cause electric shock, which can be very dangerous for you.
Reach out to the extinguisher
Another way to ensure safety is to get the extinguisher out as soon as possible to put out the fire. However, before using the extinguisher, check for its grade. The most suitable and appropriate type is the grade C. Although there are some that are labeled multi-purpose you’re advised to check before using.
Call for Help Immediately
The easiest and the most appropriate thing to do when you fall victim of an electrical fire is to call for help by calling your country’s emergency number (911 in the United States) and get help as soon as possible. You’re advised to stay out of the house until the fire service arrives to prevent the fire from causing further havoc.
If you are uncertain of the safety of your electrical system or equipment, be sure to reach out to a licensed electrician in Albany to lend assistance. While we are biased, reach out to McCauley Electrical!