Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How do I know if my issue is serious enough to call an emergency electrician?
Often times, there will be very clear telltale signs that you are experiencing an electrical emergency. This is most often seen by the common symptoms:
- Seeing sparks fly (especially when plugging in an appliance)
- Breakers constantly tripping
- Things not working or failing to operate (such as lights)
- Seeing or smelling smoke (especially coming from outlets)
- Hearing noises coming from your breaker box
- Detecting a burning plastic-like smell, which could be an indication of wires melting
Some symptoms are more serious than others, but these issues should be diagnosed and dealt with as soon as possible by a professional.
What counts as an electrical equipment malfunction?
This can include any sort of equipment requiring electricity to function that is continuously not working, such as electrical panels, distribution equipment (wiring and outlets), power to electrical air conditioning or electrical heating units, smoke detectors (especially hard-wired ones), or any type of recurring issues with specific light fixtures/appliances.
What should I do to reduce the risk of electrical fires?
Reducing the risk of electrical fires means regular maintenance and routine check-ups. Certain uncontrollable factors can make it impossible to completely prevent some things from happening (random events such as the weather, area-wide power outages, etc.), but taking the proper precautions, such as having the right safety equipment installed, ensuring everything is up to date, etc. will keep you and your property as safe as possible. It can also ensure that the damage is minimal and prevent the further escalation of electrical emergencies.