What to Do In An Electrical Emergency

Portland OR and Vancouver WA Metro Area

What to Do In An Electrical Emergency by Energized Electric in Portland OR

Lights flickering, outlets sparking, a burning smell coming from somewhere in the house… it’s easy to panic during an electrical emergency, but it’s important that you stay calm and take the right steps to protect your safety. 

What Counts as an Electrical Emergency?

If you’ve never experienced an electrical problem before, it can be challenging to tell what constitutes an emergency and what can wait a few days for professional repairs. Some of the most common electrical emergencies include:

  • Power outages or downed power lines
  • Flames or sparks near outlets
  • Burning scent without a clear source
  • Frequently tripped circuit breakers
  • Exposed or damaged wires

Electric Emergency Tips

In an emergency situation, your safety is the number one concern. Though these instructions can help you protect your health and property, always use caution and avoid putting yourself in harm’s way. That said, here’s what you should do during an electrical emergency:

Address Any Fires

Sparks and exposed wires can easily lead to a fire. For very small fires, you may be able to use a fire extinguisher to control the damage. If the power is still on, always use a Class-C-rated extinguisher, as these use carbon dioxide or dry chemicals instead of water to suppress the fire. 

For more intense fires, put your safety first and evacuate everyone on the property to a safe location. Then, call emergency services for assistance and guidance. 

If Possible, Turn Off the Power

In the event of a power surge, electrical fire, or any other emergency situation, cutting off the power supply helps prevent further damage and ensures the well-being of individuals and property. 

To do so, locate the main electrical panel in your home or facility. Identify the circuit breaker corresponding to the affected area and switch it off. If it is unsafe for you to access the circuit breaker, simply evacuate and seek professional help. 

Call an Emergency Electrician

Electrical emergencies pose significant risks, including the potential for fires, electrocution, or damage to appliances and wiring. A certified emergency electrician possesses the expertise to quickly assess the situation, identify the root cause of the problem, and implement immediate solutions. Once you are safe, contact a qualified electrician as quickly as possible. 

24/7 Electricians in Portland OR

When electrical issues strike, you need a reliable partner to turn to—and Energized Electric LLC has you covered. Our dedicated team of certified electricians is at your service 24/7, ensuring swift and expert solutions to keep your home or business safe. From sudden power outages to wiring problems, we’ve seen it all and know how to handle it with precision. 

Have an emergency? Call us now!

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