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Fortunately, the electrical system in your home poses few problems, but when they occur, and if left unattended, can escalate into a serious situation resulting in a fire, serious injury, or even electrocution. Electrical problems are usually not as obvious as a busted pipe or malfunctioning air conditioner, but some clues can tip you off that something is wrong and needs professional attention, and some electrical problems are so serious that they require an emergency electrical appointment from a licensed electrician (or in some instances, calling 911). 

Here are some situations that require an emergency electrical appointment:

Buzzing or humming noises.

If you hear a buzzing or humming sound, it could signal a faulty breaker that’s failing to trip, and you need to call an electrician. If the sound is coming from outside, then there could be a problem with the power lines, or a transformer and you should contact your electricity provider. 

Burning smell, sparks, or smoke.

If you see sparks or smoke coming from an outlet, appliance, or fixture, or smell an odor of burning plastic, shut off the power and call 911. Once first responders have declared your home or business safe to enter, call an electrician.

Wires in water.

This scenario is common during an extreme weather event such as a hurricane or flood. If you see wires submerged in water in your home or business, stay away and call for help. Wet electrical wiring can lead to a fire or electrocution. 

Loss of power.

Usually, a loss of power isn’t limited to a single dwelling but is regional and can be caused by a weather event or incident with a transformer. Check to see if others in your area are experiencing a power outage, and if the power outage only affects your home or business, then call an electrician. 

Exposed wires.

Exposed wires have many causes, primarily wear and tear or damage caused by rodents, and can cause a fire, severe injury, or even death. If you find exposed wires in your home, steer clear and call an electrician.

BTW, electrical problems are not weekend DIY projects.

Unless you have specific training and experience, you are opening yourself up to serious injuries and property damage. It’s best to leave electrical system diagnosis and repair to a licensed electrician, especially in an emergency. If you are experiencing an electrical emergency, call Safe Electric at 614-267-4111 (or 911 if you sense imminent danger). We’ll send one of our licensed electricians to your home or business to assess the problem and safely restore your electricity as soon as possible.