Electrical Safty Tips: How to Put Out an Electrical Fire

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We constantly remind everyone to take safety precautions when dealing with electricity, but accidents do happen and in such senerios you need to be alert and be proactive to avoid loose of life and damage to property.

Today, I will be giving some helpful tips on how to put out an electrical fire.

NEVER USE WATER BY ITSELF

But speaking of water, it’s imperative that you never, ever try to extinguish an electrical fire with water alone. Water conducts electricity and you could be badly shocked. So keep your cool and ignore your natural instincts to reach for water

USE A CLASS C FIRE EXTINGUISHER

Instead, reach for that Class C fire extinguisher, which can effectively put out fires that originate around wiring, outlets, appliances and circuit breakers. Then turn off the power at the electrical panel to prevent the fire from growing. At this point, you also might wish to call neighbors or the fire department  for assistance. 

BACKING SODA

If a small and contained electrical fire breaks out, for example if your extension cord begins to smolder and spark out, you could successfully douse it with backing soda. The same type you use to bake  because they contain sodium bicarbonate, which just happens to be the substance contained in Class C fire extinguishers which are best suited for electrical fire.

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