We understand that some homeowners are skilled and have the “do it yourself” (DIY) spirit when it comes to home improvement but there are some electrical situations that are extremely unsafe to attempt yourself. As part of our electrical safety tips segment, we want to take the time to stress the seriousness of electrical emergencies as well as convey what you should do if an unfortunate situation like this occurs in your home.
First and foremost, if you are experiencing an electrical emergency in your home, then gather your family and leave the premises immediately! Then once you are safe outside of your home, call 911 and/or your certified electrician. In there is an extreme situation of electrical shock, DO NOT attempt to touch the person in shock without removing the power source.
Examples of Electrical Emergencies
If you smell a burning metallic or plastic smell, you may have a serious problem involving burning wires. This is a strong warning that if not corrected immediately, could escalate into an electrical fire. This can happen due to faulty wiring or a bad connection. If possible, turn off the power to this source and contact a certified electrician.
Electrical Panel Noises
The electrical panel is the heart of your electrical system and is designed to cut power to your outlets and appliances if there is an issue. If you are hearing noises coming from your electrical panel then something is wrong. It could mean that a breaker is attempting to shut off but is unable to do so, and can be especially dangerous to your entire electrical system. Call an expert electrician immediately to evaluate and possibly replace your electrical panel.
If you see smoke coming from an outlet, then this is a last warning to you, that there is about to be an electrical fire in your home. If possible you should cut the power to this outlet. If you feel like it’s already too late or are unsure of how to do this, then remove your family from the home and call 911.
If you are losing power to your home and your neighbors still have their power, then that is when losing power can become an electrical emergency. At this point you should call your certified electrician, to trouble shoot this issue immediately.