In case of an electric fire, it’s essential not to panic and follow these five steps immediately to ensure your safety and minimize damage:
1. Cut Off the Power.
The first and most crucial step is to disconnect the power source. Locate the circuit breaker or fuse box and turn off the electricity to the affected area. This will prevent the fire from getting worse and reduce the risk of electrocution.
2. Use a Fire Extinguisher.
If you have a Class C fire extinguisher designed for electrical fires, use it to extinguish the flames. Aim at the base of the fire and sweep from side to side. Never use water on an electrical fire, as it can conduct electricity and make the situation more dangerous.
3. Evacuate and Call 911.
If the fire continues to grow or you’re unable to extinguish it quickly, leave the building immediately. Close doors behind you to contain the fire and call 911 to report the emergency. Alert your family members or coworkers to evacuate as well.
4. Do Not Use Water.
It’s crucial to emphasize that water should never be used to extinguish an electrical fire. Water is a conductor of electricity, and pouring it on the flames can result in electrical shock and further spread the fire..…CONTINUE.FULL.READING>>>