How to handle an electrical emergency

Accidents happen often and as an adult we have to face a lot of problems. One always has to be ready to deal with any sort of trouble. Rule number has to be to prevent any possible danger and for that one has to be super conscious of any signs indicating trouble. But because it doesn’t guarantee 100% safety, one has to be ready at all times to deal with any emergency to keep ourselves and our family safe. 

One of the most common types of residential accidents that have been reported are electrical accidents. Electrical problems, usually, are not major but the situation turns it into an emergency. That means the quicker and the smarter you act, the lesser the damage will be otherwise that minor problem can turn into a life threatening situation for you and your family. 

Here, we will be discussing any possible electrical emergencies you might face at home and how to handle the situation in a quick and effective way without getting yourself hurt and while keeping others safe.

The possible residential electrical problems you might be facing 

To solve a problem one has to be aware of what they are dealing with. The possible electrical problems you might be facing could include power outage, electrical shock, fallen power lines and in the worst case scenario, electrical fire. 

How to deal with power outage?

As for power outage also commonly called blackout, could occur due to some storm, overloaded outlets, shortage of energy or a down power line. 

  1. To deal in such a situation, first turn off the main power, make sure you turn off the branches before the circuit breaker to make sure all the appliances are protected. 
  2. Second, look for the source, sometimes the power outage could be because of your circuit breaker tripping. It happens when there are too many appliances connected to one outlet which overloads the system because even when you put an extension cord or overload an outlet, it is possible your circuit breaker will trip because the energy is still the same even if you have more outlets. 
  3. In this case, put off some load from the outlet and distribute on the other circuits before turning on your circuit breaker.
  4. But if the source of blackout is not circuit tripping, there could be a problem in the wiring. Loom for any worn or torn wires or any sort of damage in the wires and to solve this problem it is better you look for an emergency electrician because doing it yourself with no proper knowledge of the job could be dangerous.

How to deal with electrical shock?

First of all to prevent such incidents better keep a regular check on the wires or cords for any damage, any cuts or any torn chords and replace or repair them as needed or get yourself a Sydney electrician to ensure your security.

Because when the cords are damaged and the outlets go unchecked direct contact with electricity happens.

  1. In case such an emergency occurs, quickly turn off the power and if you are not close to the switch, cut the contact between the source of shock and the person using a wooden tod or PVC pipe. 
  2. Also DO NOT touch the person who had direct contact with electricity in any circumstances, keep your distance. 
  3. Immediately call your local emergency number and in case you have been trained give CPR to the person and if not call the emergency number and the operator will give you directions until help arrives.

How to deal with the situation if  you face a fallen power line?

  1. If in any unfortunate condition you face a fallen power line keep your distance. Even if you do not hear any sounds or don’t see any sparks the power line could still be alive make sure to keep 40 feet distance.
  2. And watch out for any metal fences, puddles/any water source or vehicles that could act as a conductor and cause any electrical hazard.
  3. DO NOT touch any tree or any object that is in contact with the fallen power line.
  4. Contact the authorities immediately and inform them of any dangling or fallen power lines before any life threatening situation happens.

How to deal with electrical fires?

  1. First thing has to be to stop the source that caused the fire so cut the power supply. 
  2. Use the fire extinguisher.
  3. Call the fire brigade immediately.
  4. And evacuate the site to prevent any death threats.

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