It’s no secret that electricity is a powerful force. Ensuring that your home is safe from electrical hazards includes a simple maintenance routine. But how do you know when to call in an electrical emergency or hold off until the shops open on Monday? In this week’s article, we are going to identify some major red flags that signal an electrical emergency.
Wires that are exposed.
Live wires that are not insulated create the risk of shock, ventricular fibrillation, neurological effects, and even death if you touch the wires. If you see this anywhere in your home, you will need a certified electrician to remedy the problem.
Water touching electrical components.
A leak from the roof or a flood in the basement are just two ways that water can come into contact with electrical wiring or devices. As long as it is safe to do so, turn off all appliances and electricity in that area. Once this is done, clear the space and call an emergency electrician.
Power outage limited to your home.
If your power goes out and you see that your neighbours are still running fine, it may be a sign that something is wrong with your electrical system. First start by calling your utility company to ensure that everything is okay on their end. If they don’t see an issue, then contact the experts right away.
Sparks or smoke coming from your outlets.
Unless you’re roasting marshmallows, smoke is never a good sign. If sparks are leaping from your outlets or you smell smoke when you stand near them, this is a pretty good sign that something is burning inside the circuit. Don’t wait for it to go away, as this could have disastrous consequences.
If you see or experience any of these indicators in your home, contact an emergency electrician immediately. We offer 24 hour emergency services to the greater Calgary area. Keep our number close in case of emergency: 403-248-0037. It just may save your home!