Electricity is one of the things we can’t live without, yet it’s also one of the things that can cause so much damage if used improperly. There are many instances that can happen in daily life that can lead to electrical emergencies. And what’s unfortunate about this is most people don’t know how to respond to them properly.
Nothing is more painful than an emergency spiralling into a disaster even though it could have been contained if you only knew how to do it. The following are the four most common electrical emergencies and the best way to deal with each of them.
1. Power Outage
Turn off all heating and cooling devices and all other electrical equipment. If you are the only one in your neighbourhood experiencing an outage, contact your distributor. They have a 24-hour electrician to come to your house and check on the problem.
2. Electric Shock
If someone is in electric shock, do not touch them with your bare hands because you can also get electrocuted. Turn off the power at the source or main switch. If that’s not possible, use an insulated object such as a wooden broom, rubber gloves, or dry cloth to push the victim away from the source. Contact emergency medical aid right away.
3. Electrical Fire
Never throw water on an electrical fire because you can get electrocuted. If possible, switch off the faulty appliance and get out of the house immediately. Contact Fire Service at 111 and have them deal with the situation.
4. Fallen Power lines
Stay away from fallen power lines, as well as everything else they are in contact with, such as puddles of water, metal fences, or vehicles, and contact your distributor immediately. If it’s on a road or a public place, alert public safety authorities so they can close off the area until the problem are resolved.
Keeping yourself informed is one of the best ways to deal with electrical emergencies. Preventing things from going out of control by knowing how to deal with them in the first place is the most effective thing you can do to keep yourself and your family safe.