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  Mar 1 2020

How to Fix a Smoking Electrical Outlet

Are you worried about the condition of your electrical system? Seeing a smoking electrical outlet can be a very scary experience for property owners. However, it’s important not to panic. Being prepared for these kinds of electrical emergencies is essential for the safety and protection of your home or commercial property. At Mr. Electric of Katy, we provide a wide range of dependable electrical services for local clients including wiring upgrades and electrical outlet replacement. We strive to help our residential and commercial customers find ways to improve the condition of their electrical systems and we want to do the same for you. Here is some more information about the dangers of electrical fires and tips on what to do if you ever see smoke coming from your outlets. 

Common Causes of Smoking Outlets

Smoking outlets can be caused by several electrical issues. The most common reasons are wiring failures, accumulated dust or debris inside the outlet, overloaded circuits or loose connections. A certified electrician will have the knowledge and training needed to inspect, diagnose and repair the source of the problem. Whether you need to replace faulty wiring, clean your outlets, or require an upgraded panel box, our experts are ready to help make your electrical system safe and efficient again.

What to Do If You Find a Smoking Electrical Outlet 

Always put safety first when handling an electrical fire. Never use water to douse the smoke, as this could leave you and others vulnerable to electrocution. The first step is to turn off the electrical power to the circuit at the panel box. Carefully feel the wall near the smoking outlet. If heat is present and the smoke continues to pour from the outlet, then leave the house and call 911 right away. However, if you see flames and wish to prevent the spread of fire, you may attempt to use a powder-based or CO2 fire extinguisher. If the outlet stops smoking after you turned off the power, there’s no heat present and you’re absolutely sure that there is no fire, then call a licensed electrician. It’s important to leave the power off and get help immediately, as restoring the electricity could create further hazards. 

We Offer 24 Hour Emergency Electrical Services for Local Katy, Texas Families and Businesses

If you see signs of an electrical fire, it’s important to get professional assistance as soon as possible. Waiting hours or days could put your property at risk. Unfortunately, some electricians won’t answer their phone after normal business hours. At Mr. Electric of Katy, we put our customer’s needs first. We are happy to provide 24 hour emergency electrical service in Katy, TX and surrounding Houston area communities. 

Do You Need Help with Your Electrical System? Call the Experts at Mr. Electric of Katy

Have you seen smoke coming from your outlets? Are you concerned about the safety and reliability of your older home’s electrical system? Then get help from the professionals at Mr. Electric of Katy. Our certified, licensed and insured electricians are always ready to put their tools and training to work for the protection of your home or business. Contact our office to learn more or to schedule an appointment with an experienced electrician in Katy, Texas or a nearby metro Houston area neighborhood. 

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