What’s Considered an Electrical Emergency?
It can be challenging to discern between an electrical emergency and an issue that does not necessitate an immediate response. Electrical emergencies usually involve imminent danger and require prompt attention to protect lives and property. While inconvenient, something like a flickering light or a non-functioning outlet can usually wait for a scheduled appointment.
If you notice any of the following electrical problems, you should call for emergency assistance:
- Hot metal or plastic melting smells: Wire and electrical components are made of plastic and various types of metal. When electricity overloads a component, customers often describe an “odd, hot plastic” type smell. If you smell any burning plastic or hot metal, turn off any breakers controlling where the smell is radiating from and call 911 to have the fire department check for an electrical fire. Do not use any electrical components until the problem has been resolved.
- Smoke or sparks coming from electrical components: If you notice any sparks coming from a receptacle or any other electrical component, discontinue use, turn off the breaker, and call 911 to make sure there is not an electrical fire. Once cleared, call an emergency electrician for a repair.
- Water Damage: If you have experienced a flood or other water damage, it is best to turn off power to areas that may have been affected and call an emergency electrician to evaluate your system before continuing use.
- Hot devices or cords: Electrical components are designed to manage heat. If you feel that electrical components are hot to the touch, this means there could be a problem. The circuit should be shut off and not used until it is repaired.
- Buzzing: A “buzzing” sound emanating from a light switch or electrical socket could be a sign of excessive resistance, and that could cause overheating, extra strain on your circuit breaker, or a number of other problems. Buzzing electrical components can often be serious, and you should contact an emergency electrician immediately.
- Electrical devices that show signs of being burnt: If there is a dark brown or dark-colored burn mark on a receptacle or other electrical component, you have a problem. Discontinue use of that outlet or component, turn off the breaker, and call an emergency electrician for service.
When in doubt, remember - it's always better to err on the side of caution. Reach out to one of our Fort Myers emergency electricians to assess any situation that you feel is unusual or unsafe.
Can I Do Electrical Repairs on My Own?
While you may consider DIY electrical repairs to save money when an electrical issue arises, it's essential to understand that working with electricity is hazardous and potentially life-threatening.
Attempting electrical repairs without the proper knowledge and training can lead to the following:
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