An electrical emergency is a fault with your electrical system that could put you or others in danger. Although relatively rare, electrical emergencies could end up sparking a fire or injuring building occupants. The following signs could indicate that you need to call an electrician immediately:
1. A burning smell
If any appliances, electrical outlets, cords, or walls start to emit a burning smell, you should address the issue immediately. Whilst it is true that some new appliances are likely to have a slightly strange odour after being turned on, you need to take action if the smell lasts for a long time or comes from outlets or walls. Make sure that everyone in your vicinity knows not to use the outlet or device in question and call an electrician to come and assess the situation.
2. Carbon monoxide
Carbon monoxide is a very poisonous substance that can leak from appliances that are not properly installed. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a life-threatening condition that can cause a range of symptoms including headaches, nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, breathlessness, and dizziness. To prevent it, it is a good idea to keep a carbon monoxide detector in your home. If you are alerted to the presence of carbon monoxide, you should evacuate, seek medical advice and have your appliances serviced.
3. Hot service panels
If your service panels feel hot, there is likely to be an issue with your wiring. You may also notice issues such as frayed wiring, the browning of electric panels, and dimmer lighting. If you notice any of these problems, you should immediately call an electrician.
4. An unexplained power outages
If your building experiences a power outage but your neighbours do not, you may have an electrical emergency on your hands and your home may need rewiring. If you ignore the issue, your home could be at risk of a fire.
Always stay vigilant when it comes to looking out for electrical emergencies. They should not be ignored, and a good electrician will be able to detect any underlying issues and address them in a timely way.