Electrical Fire Safety Tips
Electrical fires are especially dangerous because, while they can be just as destructive as any other fire, they cannot be put out with water due to its conductive nature. Throwing water onto an electrical fire will spread the fire, not put it out.
In the event of an electrical fire, use a multipurpose fire extinguisher instead of water to put the flames out. Always be prepared to act fast in case a fire does happen. In order to act quickly, you should be familiar with all of the safety routes out of the building in case one is blocked. Also, be familiar with the location of all fire extinguishers.
In case of an electrical fire, follow these safety tips to ensure your well being and the well being of those around you:
- If you can do so safely, call for help before any other action is taken. If you are in any doubt, then alert others to the danger and get out of the building.
- If you can safely unplug the equipment involved, then do so. Or, if you can safely shut off power at the main switch, do that.
If someone is burned, it is important to take appropriate action. First, call 911. You should always seek help for electrical burns because the damage may not be immediately apparent. If you are at a safe distance from the fire and the victim, and he or she is no longer in contact with the electricity, you can help the burn victim by following these steps:
- Never touch the burn or break any blisters.
- Never remove burned clothing, this could cause more damage than help.
- If possible, keep minor burns cool by running cold water over them. If cool water is not available, cover minor burns with a sterile bandage.
- If burns are severe, wrap the victim in a clean sheet first, and then cover him/her with a blanket.