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  Nov 15 2023

Electrical Emergency Troubleshooting

Unfortunately, most people rarely think about electrical emergencies until they happen. Homeowners, business owners, and even property managers are often caught off-guard when electrical emergencies happen, leaving them vulnerable to potential risks and consequences.

Knowing how to deal with an electrical emergency, whether it is an electrical fire or an electric shock, will help keep your family safe and prevent your electrical devices from getting damaged. Here at Mr. Electric, we provide comprehensive electrical services for residential, commercial, and industrial customers in the areas we serve. Whether you’re in need of electrical repair service or facing an electrical emergency, you can rest assured that our professional electricians can handle it.

In today’s blog post, we will look into some common electrical emergencies and the troubleshooting process:

How To Troubleshoot Common Electrical Emergencies

  • Electrical Shock

If someone has received an electrical shock, the first thing to do is to call for medical assistance as quickly as possible. Do not touch the person unless it is safe to do so. If possible, turn off the main switch or unplug the electrical device using a non-conductive object, such as a wooden stick or plastic tool.

  • Power Outage

In some cases, a power outage occurs as a result of a tripped circuit break. So, you’ll want to verify if the circuit breaker has tripped before you consider other actions. If neighbors also have a power outage, it might be a widespread issue. Contact the utility company to report the outage.

  • Electrical Fires

If there is an electrical fire, the first priority is to ensure everyone's safety. Use a fire extinguisher suitable for electrical fires, or cut power to the affected area if it can be done safely. If the fire is spreading, evacuate the area and call emergency services.

Caution: Do not use water on electrical fires.

  • Overloaded Circuits

First, determine which circuits are overloaded by unplugging devices or turning off non-essential equipment. After that, spread the electrical load by plugging devices into different circuits. If the problem persists after taking these measures, consider upgrading the electrical panel or adding new circuits. A professional electrician can evaluate the overall electrical capacity of your home and recommend appropriate solutions.

  • Frequently Tripping Breakers

Start by determining which appliances or devices are causing the breaker to trip. Next, unplug or relocate devices to distribute the electrical load. If the issue persists, consult with an electrician to assess and address the problem.

  • Flooded Property

If there's a risk of flooding in your property, turn off the power at the main circuit breaker. Do not touch electrical appliances or outlets if they are wet or submerged. Once the water recedes, have a professional electrician inspect your electrical system before restoring power.

Mr. Electric Is Available For Electrical Emergency Service

Have an electrical emergency? Need electrical repair service urgently? Reach out to Mr. Electric for professional help. Our electricians respond swiftly to emergency service calls. No matter the kind of electrical emergency you’re dealing with, our electricians are here to provide expert assistance and ensure the safety of your home or business.

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