In the time between placing a call to your emergency electrician and when they arrive, there are some things you may want to do. First, if there’s an electrical fire, simply gather household members, leave, and be sure you’ve contacted emergency services. In many cases where it’s safe to remain in the home, there are a few measures you can take to get ready for an electrician service call. If you have an electrical emergency at your Florence, SC, home, you can rely on Mister Sparky of Florence for our fast emergency services. We know that electrical problems don’t always wait for a convenient time during normal business hours. We always have an on-call team ready to provide customers with the electrical services they need to keep their homes safe.
Shut Off Power
Providing it’s safe to do so and there isn’t a fire, you can turn off your main power to try to minimize any electrical damage. You might also want to unplug your major appliances. Turning off the power at the breaker box is helpful, especially if you smell an electrical odor and can’t trace it. Once our emergency electrician arrives at your home, they’ll be able to take over from there. We’ll be at your home as quickly as possible to troubleshoot your electrical emergency and make the necessary repairs.
Move Children and Pets Away from the Affected Area
Once our electrician arrives, they’ll need to access the space that’s impacted by your electrical emergency. As a matter of safety, it’s important to remove kids and pets from the area. Once our electrician gets to work, they’ll be able to inspect the situation and determine if there’s any safety risk. Until their report, it’s best to stay clear of the area.
Keep Emergency Tools Handy
If you have a fire extinguisher, you should access it and keep it nearby in case it’s needed. This extinguisher, however, must be safe for electrical fire use. Also, grab a flashlight. While your emergency electrician will have one, you may need it for yourself and your family if the power goes out or has to be turned off for a time.
Don’t Attempt to Touch Electrical Items
While waiting for our emergency electrician to arrive, avoid touching any electrical fixtures that appear associated with your electrical emergency. Short of turning off the power at your breaker box and unplugging appliances, don’t go near these features if they’re sparking. If you hear strange noises coming from your breaker box, there’s likely a short somewhere. Err on the side of caution and avoid touching anything electrical until an emergency electrician arrives at your Florence, SC, home.
Remain Calm and Vigilant
Electrical problems in the home can be scary. So long as there’s no fire and you and your household are near an exit should you need it, it’s important to stay calm and vigilant. When you call Mister Sparky of Florence to place a service call, let us know what the problem is. We may be able to advise you over the phone about any step that’s safe for you to take and may minimize damage to your electrical system and home. We’ll let our emergency electrician know what to expect when they arrive. They’ll come with all the tools needed to address your emergency.
What Are Some Common Electrical Emergencies?
Many people are unsure about what constitutes an electrical emergency. A breaker tripping because you have too many appliances in use isn’t an emergency because the breaker has done its job and you can reduce the strain on your electrical system by turning off some of the appliances or electrical devices.
On the other hand, if you smell burning or hear a buzzing coming from your electrical box, you should have it checked out right away. If you experience any of the following electrical emergencies, contact Mister Sparky of Florence for our fast service.
Breaker Box Is Buzzing
A humming or buzzing breaker box often indicates that there is a short circuit. This is a reason to contact an emergency electrician. The buzzing means that a breaker is attempting to trip, but there’s a short circuit somewhere that won’t allow it to. Let our electrician know what is happening when you call. We’ll be there right away to check it out.
If your home has lost power, you can contact the power company to determine if there is a power outage in the area. If not and your home appears to be the only residence in your area without power, you should contact an electrician for emergency service. There may be an issue with your breaker box or some other problem that needs attending to quickly.
The Power Outlet Has a Burning Smell
A burning odor emanating from your outlet is a cause to call an emergency electrician. If you see smoke, as well, it’s definitely an emergency. Smoke indicates an electrical fire has begun or soon will. If possible, you can turn off the power. However, you may need emergency services in addition to an emergency electrician. If you see evidence of fire, immediately exit and contact the fire department.
If you have an electrical emergency at your Florence, SC, home, don’t attempt to fix it yourself. Contact Mister Sparky of Florence so we can send a skilled electrician to your home. Don’t risk your safety by inspecting electrical problems. We offer emergency service so our customers don’t have to take any chances with their electrical systems. Not sure if your issue is an emergency? Call us anyway. We can advise you. It’s always best to err on the side of safety.
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