People rely on electricity to run their lives, but it’s important to ensure that all electrical devices are operated safely to avoid damage or accidents. Faulty wiring and appliances can pose a serious risk to people and also cause property damage if not promptly fixed by an emergency electrician. Unfortunately, electrical emergencies can occur even when users are cautious and when they observe proper electrical maintenance requirements. This article will explore the steps to take in case of an electrical emergency.
In Case of an Electrical Fire
Cut off the Power Supply
In any electrical emergency, always cut the power supply by flipping the switch on the breaker box. This action reduces the risk of electric shock or fire spreading from a given point.
Extinguish the Fire
Everyone should have a fire extinguisher at home. Use a class C fire extinguisher by pulling the pin and aiming the nozzle at the base of the fire. Class C fire extinguishers are carbon-based extinguishers. However, you can use a water-based extinguisher if you cut off the power supply.
Alternatively, you can smother small fires using a fire blanket. However, only approach the fire if you’re sure that the power supply is cut off to avoid the risk of electrocution.
Practice Fire Safety Procedure
If you can’t control the fire using the procedures above, exit the building as soon as possible. Keep close to the ground to avoid inhaling smoke, and once you’re safe, callthe fire brigade for assistance. Do this even if you’ve been able to put out a major fire. If you have been able to put out the fire, you should also contact an emergency electrician to check your circuits before flipping the switch back on. You should ensure that the house is ventilated well after a fire to prevent inhaling toxic smoke.
In Case of an Electric Shock
If someone comes into contact with an uninsulated live wire, they’re going to get electrocuted. This can also happen if you step on water that’s in contact with uninsulated wires.
Don’t try to touch the victim of an electric shock as long as they’re connected to the power supply, as you will get electrocuted too. Instead, rush to the breaker box and flip the switch off. It’s only after this that you can pull them if stuck.
Remove the Victim
If you can’t locate the breaker box, use an insulated rod to remove the person from the source of electrical shock. You can use a dry rod or a PVC pipe. Once disconnected, avoid moving the person further.
Call for Assistance
Call an ambulance for assistance as soon as the person is away from danger. If you have first aid training, you can check if the person is breathing and perform CPR. If the person is awake and has stood up, have them lie down.
If you find a fallen line outside your
home, stay at least 40 feet away. The further the distance, the better. Avoid
touching anything that’s in contact with the wires or any pools of water
nearby. This includes fallen trees or vehicle parts. Call your power supplier
as soon as possible. If they’re unreachable, or if the wires are on your
property, contact an emergency electrician for