Have you noticed how our lives are so dependent on electricity? How can we survive a long summer without our ACs? Where do we store our foods without the fridge? How do we move around the house at night without the lights?
Most of the appliances we cannot live without are run by electricity. There is also electrical equipment, although not a necessity, which makes our lives easier. So, this makes us very dependent on electricity.
Since this is so, we should know what to do when it malfunctions. To help you prepare for electrical emergencies, we share the three common electrical malfunctions and what you should do during these situations.
A power outage is probably the most familiar electrical emergency we can encounter. It can either be short or long-term electricity loss in a specific area. Fortunately, accidents and damages rarely occur during a power outage.
What should you do during a power outage?
1. Turn off your household’s main power source.
In events of a power outage, turning off the main power source is important to prevent accidents. So, your main power source should be accessible during a power outage.
Why is this needed?
When the power returns, a sudden high voltage of electricity will surge to your line. This can cause a short circuit and may lead to a fire incident. Therefore, it is best to turn it off until everything normalises.
2. Inspect your surroundings for the source of a power outage.
Look around your neighbourhood. If your house is the only affected household, the outage is probably within your line. Check for overloading multiple power boards and double adaptors. These are the common reasons for a power outage in a household.
3. Call your local supplier.
After confirming the source of the power outage, you have to call your electricity supplier for example Ergon Energy. Someone should report the power outage to them for immediate action.
4. Be patient and wait.
When the power returns, do not immediately turn on the main power source. Wait for several minutes to avoid accidents.
Electrical shocks happen when a person accidentally touches a frayed electrical wire, damaged cord and tripped outlet. The procedures below shall be followed when you witness an incident of an electrical shock.
What should you do when someone has suffered an electrical shock?
1. Turn off the power supply immediately.
If the power supply is within your reach, have it turned off so the current will stop. If the power supply is a bit far and might take a while to turn off, get the person away from the electricity using a wooden stick or plastic pipe. Do not touch the person using your bare hands.
2. Call Emergency 000.
Ask for help as soon as the body is out of danger. If you know how to do CPR, administer it to the person. If not, follow the instructions to be given by the person on the emergency hotline.
3. Unplug the appliance.
After making sure that the affected person is in a safe condition. Do not attempt to DIY the repair. Let the licensed electricians check on the damaged appliances or wiring.
Another common electrical emergency in a household is an electrical fire. When the wires with opposite charge touch each other, a short circuit occurs that often leads to fire. The electrical fire should be handled differently and with more caution.
What should you do when an electrical fire ignites?
1. Turn off the main power line.
Switch off the circuit breaker box as soon as an electrical fire ignites. If it doesn’t immediately put off the fire, it can at least prevent the fire from spreading.
2. Use a fire extinguisher to put out the fire.
The electrical fire should be taken care of with special precaution. Carelessness can lead to more injuries such as electrical shock. If you cannot turn off the power line, use a Class-C fire extinguisher. If you are sure that the power supply was cut, you can use a Class-A fire extinguisher.
3. Contact the fire brigade by calling 000 at once.
Whether the fire has been put off or it is worsening, you have to inform the fire brigade. It is to ensure that the area is free of electrical fire and safe to stay in.
4. If the fire worsens, evacuate.
These three electrical emergencies can happen at home. Knowing how to respond to such emergencies can save lives and assets. Therefore, make sure to share this information within your household so everyone will be safe.
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