electrical emergency

Did you know that electrical emergencies were the cause of 24,200 fires in the United States in 2021? Electrical emergencies or malfunctions can cause all sorts of problems, including injury if you aren’t careful. Electrical emergencies are common. This is especially true of cities, such as Pittsburgh, PA. Many people don’t know what to do during an electrical emergency- which is why we’re here.

In this article, we’ll give you a few steps to take in the event of an electrical emergency. You’ll know exactly how to handle one if the worst happens to you.

All you need to do is keep reading.

Don’t Panic in an Electrical Emergency

The most important thing you need to do is avoid panicking. It can be easy to lose your calm, even tempting, but that will only lead you to make mistakes. Mistakes could lead to worse problems or even injuries.

Before you tackle the emergency, take a deep breath and release it. Do this as many times as necessary to maintain your calm.

Once you feel like you can manage the problem, then you’re ready to take the next steps. If at any point during the emergency, you begin to panic, then take a moment to calm yourself again.

Turn off the Power

If it is safe to do so, your next step is to turn off the power. After that, unplug all of your electrical appliances.

This will prevent any further damage to the electrical system from occurring. It will also prevent major electrical problems such as fires, or the possibility of receiving an electrical shock.

This is a crucial step in any electrical emergency. However, it becomes even more essential if the emergency you noticed is a smell or a noise.

Do not turn the power back on or plug appliances back in until an electrician tells you it is safe to do so.

Contact Electrical Services

The third step you need to take is to contact electrical services to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Do not try to solve the problem yourself under any circumstances. Let an expert handle it.

Even if you’re a fan of doing it yourself, you’ll be glad you contacted an expert.

When an electrician is dispatched to your home, calmly explain the situation that led to the emergency. Show them the source of the problem, and then let the electrician take it from there.

Provide them with any information they request. This will help the electric company you contacted to fix the problem with as little fuss as possible.

Reach Out to Us

Now that you know what to do in case of an electrical emergency, do you want to take preventative measures? Do you have any other questions or concerns?

If the answer to either of these is “yes”, then you should reach out to us at South Hills Electric. All you need to do is fill out the form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Don’t wait- reach out to us today! Get yourself the best electrical services Pittsburgh has to offer.