It may seem obvious but the first and most important step in putting out an electrical fire is: DO NOT THROW WATER ON IT. What you must do is keep calm and remember this important rule. Because water conducts electricity and throwing water on an electrical fire can cause it to spred—not to mention putting you at risk for electrocution.
Instead, follow these steps in the event of an electrical fire:
- Immediately call the fire services, and tell them you have an electrical fire.
- Shut off all the electricity, including pulling out all the plug or shutting off the main electricity to the house.
- If possible, try to put out the flames using a class-C or multi-purpose ABC fire extinguisher. PLEASE NOT – Do not use any other type of fire extinguisher on an electrical fire. The extinguisher should be clearly marked, but if you’re unsure—do not use it.
- In the absence of the correct fire extinguisher and the fire is small, covering it with baking soda may be enough to put it out.
- Do Not put yourself or anyone else at risk – go outside of the house and wait for help to arrive.
Remember these important tips and maybe print them out. There is nothing more important than you and your families safety, and we are happy to answer your safety questions