Determining Electrical Emergencies
In this day and age it is probably impossible to survive without relying on electricity as our main energy source. All of the devices, appliances, machinery and other technologies that we use today cannot function without it. Without electricity in Braidwood, we cannot light our homes, clean our clothes, call our family and friends, and you probably cannot even read this article without it!
While we strongly depend on electricity in our everyday activities, we often take it for granted and are not always cautious around it. Electrocution injuries range from minor to major injuries, to even death. Electrical emergencies happen due to various scenarios, and it is paramount that we educate ourselves with proper handling of electricity and what to do about it in certain situations.
Braidwood : What Are The Types Of Electrical Emergencies?
Some common electrical emergencies are as follows:
- Power outages
- Fallen Power Lines
- Electrical Fires
- Circuit Overload
- Meter Box Issues (Humming or Buzzing)
- Electric Shock
What To Do During Power Outages And Blackouts
A power outage or a blackout happens when the electrical power goes out unexpectedly in a particular area. These are commonly caused by storms, by improper trimming of trees, vehicle collisions, and more. Power outages and blackouts may cause interruption with communication lines, water supply, and transportation. These may also limit the usage of medical devices, home appliances and other machinery, overall affecting the majority of Braidwood homes and businesses. Although power outages and blackouts in Braidwood can be annoying, they are not particularly dangerous. Make sure you turn off all tools, appliances and other electronic machines to prevent a power surge when power is restored. Illuminate your homes with candles and don’t leave them unattended. Business establishments, hospitals, and shelters will typically have a standby generator that immediately activates when power is lost.
Problems With Your Meter Box
The meter box controls the flow of electricity in your home. It separates the power supply to your lighting, wall sockets, and appliances in various areas (or “circuits”) in your home. In the case of an overload, the breaker in each circuit can be blown or tripped.
Meter boxes don’t usually make noise, but when they do, they are not usually dangerous. However, if the noise disturbs you, you don’t want to quiet it down on your own. You need Braidwood electricians with the right expertise on electrical meter boxes to handle the issue for you. Have us take a look at your switchboard as well should it need replacing.
ELECTRICAL CIRCUIT OVERLOAD
Electrical circuits can only handle a specific amount of electricity, and consequently each circuit powers only a limited number of light, appliances and other electrical devices. The distribution of power is, as mentioned above, the job of a meter box. However, if you attempt to power up too many circuits at once, it can cause an overload. Most of the time, the breaker “trips” the supply by cutting it off immediately. Some circuit overload occasions that “trips” happen include dimming of lights, a buzzing sound coming from your outlets or switches, warm outlets, a burning odor, scorched or blackened plugs, and lack of sufficient power to your home appliances. Should a trip happen, unplug your devices and get in touch with us. We perform with thorough procedures and will never put you and your equipment at risk.
Fire from electricity may be caused by faulty outlets and appliances, overloaded wiring, and issues with the circuit breaker. When faulty wires are exposed to heat, they ignite insulation, drywall and wood, and as a result fire starts climbing to your walls. If an electrical fire happens then:
1) Never use water to douse the fire;
2) Call the fire brigade immediately, and if someone is injured, call an ambulance right away;
3) If you have your own electrical fire extinguisher, use it right away. Otherwise, leave the premises immediately.
Electrical shocks range from minor injuries to as much as potentially lethal medical emergencies. They are easily caused by some of the factors mentioned above such as faulty appliances, damaged cords, bad wiring, downed power lines, lightning, water exposure. And the shock might knock one unconscious, have difficulty breathing, or be wounded with burns. Cases like this require immediate attention by contacting an ambulance and reporting to your local utility service.
Adapting To Emergencies Together
Every one of us at Bay Coast Electrical and Control Solutions strongly believe that Braidwood’s safety is the number one priority. We guarantee to exceed your expectations by performing the job the quickest way possible with our high quality and top-notch service work. Our servicing areas include Ulladulla, Batemans Bay, Tomakin, Moruya, Tuross Head, Dalmeny, Narooma, Bodalla, Eurobodalla, and many other surrounding towns.
In the event of an immediate electrical emergency, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We would be more than happy to help you.