How to Put Out an Electrical Fire

How to Put Out an Electrical Fire

July 01, 2019

Seeing electrical sparks turning into flames can be frightening. Thankfully, if such an action is stopped early, home and business owners can avoid the extensive damage and safety hazards that a full-scale fire can cause. However, if someone is unprepared, they are likely to panic, and make mistakes. At Mr. Electric of Dallas, we help North Texas property owners improve the safety and reliability of their electrical systems. We want you to have what it takes to fight off an electrical fire, and to ensure the safety of yourself and your loved ones. Here are some tips on how you can put out an electrical fire.

Turn Off the Electricity if Possible 

If the fire is relatively small, it will be easier to stop if there’s no electricity. If you or someone else on the property can get to the electrical panel box, try to turn off all power to the home.

Make Safety a Priority

The fire may be spreading too rapidly for someone to worry about shutting off the power. If that’s the case, then always put the safety of yourself and your family or coworkers first. Follow your evacuation plan and get out of the home or business as quickly as possible, and call 911.  

Never Use Water if the Power Has Not Been Shut Off

Peoples first reaction is often to toss some water on the flames. However, in an electrical fire, this could cause even more issues. Not only could it further fuel the electrical issue, but it puts people at unnecessary risk of electrocution. 

Baking Soda for Minor Fires

For small electrical fires caused by a toaster or other small appliance, you can safely use baking soda to stop the flames. It’s always a good idea to keep a large, easily accessible container of baking soda near areas where electrical sparks are likely to occur. 

Fire Extinguishers and Fire Blankets

Every home or business should be equipped with fire extinguishers. This is the fastest, most effective way to put out small to medium sized flames without risking harm. Fire blankets are also very handy, as the weight of the material can immediately stop the spread of fires. 

Why Prevention is Always the Best Solution for Electrical Fires

Of course, the best option is to avoid electrical fires altogether. Certain electrical issues can put properties at a higher than normal risk of fires. Outdated wiring, aluminum wiring, pest control problems, non-grounded outlets, overwhelmed plug bars and short circuits can all raise the likelihood of an electrical fire occurring. If you suspect that your current property may exhibit some of these common electrical issues, it’s important that you call a licensed electrician in Dallas for an inspection or repair. 

Need a Certified Electrician in North Texas? Call Mr. Electric of Dallas

Are you a DFW resident or business owners who needs help from a certified electrician? Then call the experts at Mr. Electric of Dallas today. Our team of highly trained, certified and insured electricians will put their tools and talents to work for the safety of your property. We offer electrical inspections, rewiring services, GFCI outlet installations, whole house surge protection and more. Contact our office to learn more or to schedule your next appointment.