Electrical fires often start small, but ay spread quickly, especially if the fire is located inside an electrical socket
Cleveland OH (PRWEB) May 16, 2013
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage and fire restoration services in the United States, is offering tips on handling the threat posed by electrical fires. These fires are extremely dangerous and in many cases the normal methods for extinguishing a blaze may only serve to aggravate the situation.
Electrical fires often start small, but ay spread quickly, especially if the fire is located inside an electrical socket. This allows the fire to travel throughout the walls of the home before anyone becomes aware of it. Because of the special way that the fire starts, they also require different measures for remediation.
Ideally, electrical fires mean that residents should leave the home and allow the fire department to handle the situation. Under no circumstances should water or foam be used on electrical fires. They are excellent conductors of electricity and could actually cause the fire to grow even further out of control.
If at all possible, power to the circuits should be shut off at the source. This can be done through the electrical main, so property owners should know where the circuit box is and have easy access to it in case of emergency. The path to the circuit breaker should never be obstructed or covered over.
Once the power is out, the electrical fire may be sprayed using a Class C fire extinguisher, or baking soda may be dumped on it. Either one is beneficial for extinguishing the fire. Again, water should not be used to fight the fire.
Once the fire is out, it is unwise to restore power immediately. Wiring and electrical systems should be inspected by a licensed electrician before power is restored.
Likewise once the property has been abandoned, do not re enter until permission has been given by the fire marshal.
Winter and spring are peak times of the year for electrical fires, so local fire departments should be consulted on proper safety procedures to take for fire prevention and the safety of family members.
Based on Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water and fire damage repair and restoration in the country, with service in 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.