If you have an electrical fire break out in your home, you need to know how to treat it before it happens. Electrical fires are different than fires where the main burning source is wood or even food. Here is what you need to do need to do if an electrical fire breaks out in your home.
#1 Turn Off The Power
The first thing that you should do, if you are able to safely do so, is turn off the power. This will help stop the electrical fire from growing and ensure that an additional electrical fire doesn't start as a result of the first one. If you are able to, get to your electrical circuit or breaker box and turn off all the circuits to your house. It is best to turn off everything instead of spending time trying to figure out which circuit to turn off. Only do this if you are able to safely reach this area or send someone else to do it.
#2 Call 911
Next, call 911 and let them know that you have an electrical fire at your house and that you are going to need assistance. When you call, be sure to share your address, how many people are in your home, and where the fire is located. Even if you are able to contain the fire yourself, calling 911 is the best way to ensure that you have back-up in case you are not able to stop the fire yourself.
#3 Use The Right Type Of Fire Extinguisher
Different types of fire extinguishers are built for different purposes. For an electrical fire, which is any fire that starts around your outlets, appliances, circuit breakers or wiring, you should use a Class C fire extinguisher.
What you are going to need to do is pull the pin from the top of the lever; the pin helps keep the handle in place and ensures that it doesn't go off unnecessarily. Then, aim the nozzle of the extinguisher directly at the fire. Squeeze the handle so that the extinguishing substance comes out.
As you spray the fire, make sure that you position your body between an exit and the fire. You don't want to be blocked in if the fire spreads and you are not able to put it out. If you are not able to put the fire out, set down the extinguisher and get outside.
Whatever you do, do not try to put out the fire by throwing water at the fire. The electricity will spread through the water and could result in you getting shocked. Use a fire extinguisher or try to douse it with baking soda to try to put out the fire, but never use water on an electrical fire.
For more information about electrical fires or what kinds of fire extinguishers to use in case of an electrical fire, contact fire safety companies like Amerisafe.