No matter how handy you are, there are some electrical situations that are never safe for you to attempt to fix on your own. The emergency electricians at Asbury Electric are available to help you handle your emergency electrical situation 24 hours a day. Here, we want to take a moment to discuss some electrical emergencies and what you can do if the situation presents itself.

Electrical Safety

If you experience an electrical emergency, immediately remove yourself and your family from the home while calling 911, and let them know it is an electrical emergency. If it is safe to do so, cut the power to your home. In the event of an electrical fire, if your family is safe and it is safe for you to do so, you can attempt to use a fire extinguisher to sweep the flames, but NEVER use water to put out an electrical fire. If there is no fire and you are able to cut the power, your next course of action is to call an emergency electrician right away. In the event of an electrical shock, never attempt to touch the person who has been shocked before the power source has been disconnected.

Electrical Emergencies for an Emergency Electrician

You smell burning wires

Burning wires emit a burning metallic or plastic smell, which is very distinctive in comparison to other burning materials. Burning wires is a very serious problem, and if it is not corrected immediately, can quickly escalate to a dangerous situation. A burning smell is indicative of a pending electrical fire caused by the overheating of wires. It can mean that there is a bad connection or a faulty wire. If you smell something electrical burning, immediately cut the power and call a 24 hour electrician.

A buzzing or humming breaker box

Your circuit breaker is designed to cut power if there are any problems, to help prevent damage to your appliances or electrical system. Any loud noises coming from your breaker box means that something is attempting to trip and is unable to because of some fault. This is an incredibly dangerous situation because your electrical safety system is failing. This poses big problems to your entire electrical system and needs to be corrected immediately!

Smoke coming from an outlet

As the old saying goes, where there is smoke, there is fire because smoke is the product of fire. If you have smoke coming from an outlet, it means that there is smoldering or a fire in your electrical wiring system and can quickly become disastrous. Immediately cut power to the area, call 911 and then your emergency electrician.

Loss of power

While being without power can be considered more of a inconvenience than a true electrical emergency, if there is no known reason for a loss of power, it becomes an emergency. If your entire street loses power, you may call the electric company before you call your emergency electrician to find out if there is a reason your street went dark. However, if your home is the only one that lost power and you are certain you paid your energy bill, this can indicate an electrical problem and you should phone your 24 hour electrician. The problem may be as simple as the power company shut off your electricity or as emergent as an injury to your breaker box which puts your entire electrical system at risk. If there is no good reason that your home lost power, call an emergency electrician just in case.

An electrical fire occurred

In the case of an active electrical fire, do not call your electrician, call 911 immediately! Once the fire has been handled as we instructed at the beginning of this article and there is no longer an immediate danger to you, your family, or your home, then call your local emergency electrician. A licensed electrician will perform an electrical assessment to figure out why the electrical fire started in the first place and will correct any hazards to prevent future fires. In the event that the electrical fire destroys your entire electrical system, your local electrician can help install a new system

Electrical emergencies can escalate to lethality very quickly. Electrical shock or fire are emergencies that must be intervened on as quickly as possible. If you need an emergency electrician, no matter the time of day, Asbury Electric is your go-to electrical service provider. Call our local emergency electrician, we are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week because we know emergencies don’t always happen during business hours.