Electrical emergencies can happen at any time. Because of how unpredictable they are, it’s important to know the common signs of an electrical emergency and what to do when one occurs, so that you can stay safe.
Here are 3 signs that you may be experiencing an electrical emergency.
1. Sparking or Smoking
Sparking is one of the most common signs of an electrical emergency and can often lead to further danger. If an outlet is sparking or smoking, it may be overloaded or wired incorrectly. If your breaker box is sparking, there may be a problem with your home’s general electrical circuit. When this happens, the smartest thing you can do is avoid touching the outlet/box and call an electrician immediately.
2. Buzzing or Humming
Buzzing, humming, or any abnormal noise coming from an electrical appliance is never a good sign. If you notice a buzzing or humming sound coming from your breaker box, this could indicate an electrical emergency like loose or vibrating wiring. Contact a professional immediately.
3. Burning Smell
When an outlet overheats, it may emit a burning smell. If you notice a burning smell or even discoloration of your outlets, this is a sign to stop using the outlet immediately. Make sure you unplug any appliances and switch off power to the outlet if possible. To avoid any further damage, make sure you have a professional come assess the issue.
Staying Safe in Emergencies
The best thing you can do if you experience any of these warning signs is to immediately call a trusted electrician to assess the situation. Here at Electrical Insight, our team is proud to assist residents with electrical issues of all types—keeping homes and families safe. If you experience an electrical emergency, don’t hesitate to contact us for help.