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What is considered an electrical emergency?

An electrical emergency refers to any situation involving your electrical system that poses an immediate risk to safety, property, or the functionality of your home or business. These emergencies require urgent attention to prevent damage, injury, or further issues. Some common examples include:
  1. Power Outages: Sudden loss of electricity that’s not due to a utility provider issue can indicate an internal problem requiring immediate attention.
  2. Exposed Wires: Any exposed, frayed, or damaged wires pose a significant risk of electrocution or fire and should be addressed as soon as they’re discovered.
  3. Electrical Fires: Any signs of an electrical fire, such as a burning smell from outlets or fuse boxes, discolored power outlets, or a buzzing sound from electrical systems, demand emergency services.
  4. Circuit Breaker Problems: Frequent tripping of circuit breakers or a breaker that won’t reset could indicate a serious electrical fault.
  5. Shock or Electrocution Risk: If using an electrical appliance or touching an electrical component results in a shock, it’s a clear sign of a potentially dangerous problem.
  6. Overloaded Outlets or Power Strips: Overloading can lead to overheating and fires, especially if outlets or power strips are hot to the touch.
  7. Water Damage: Electrical systems that have been exposed to water through flooding, leaks, or any other means pose an immediate risk of short circuits and electrocution.

These situations not only threaten the integrity of your electrical system but also, more critically, the safety of occupants. It’s imperative to call an emergency electrician like Mainstream, Spokane’s most trusted home services company for over 24 years, to resolve any urgent issues promptly.