Emergency Electricians

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An electrical emergency requires the help of a skilled electrician who can pinpoint the root of your electrical emergency and fix it quickly and safely. It's a good idea to research local electricians before you're faced with an emergency. Find an electrician that you trust, and dealing with an electrical problem will be less stressful.

Types of Emergencies

Electrical emergencies range in their severity and potential to cause harm. Common electrical emergencies include:

  • Faulty sockets: While faulty sockets themselves may not seem like an emergency, they could singe appliances and shock those who come in contact with them.
  • Live electrical wires: Touching a live electrical wire is an emergency that can result in electrocution, serious injury and even death. Electricians are the only ones who should handle live wires.
  • Power outages or power surges: A simple power outage can be an annoyance but is still relatively harmless. Power surges can be more serious, often ruining appliances and electronics if the surge is strong enough.

When to Call an Electrician

Determining whether or not you need to hire an electrician can be confusing. However, electrical problems have the potential to be very dangerous. When emergencies aren't addressed, they frequently result in injuries, fires and loss of property.

Find an electrician when:

  • Most outlets in your home contain multi-plug strips, because you don't have enough outlets for electronics and appliances.
  • There is a burning smell when electronics or appliances are on.
  • You frequently change fuses or reset the circuit breakers in your home.
  • You have a live wire/live wires in your home or yard.
  • Your lights dim or flicker when you turn on an appliance or run the air conditioning.

Never touch live wires or try and fix electrical problems yourself. When it comes to electrical problems and emergencies, it's best to err on the safe side and contact an electrician.

How to Find an Electrician

Word of mouth, the yellowpages.com and online websites that review electricians and their overall service are good places to find an electrician. Your local Better Business Bureau can also provide information.

When considering emergency electricians, look for licensed, bonded and insured electricians who will provide a permit for the work they complete. Even though you may be experiencing an emergency, you should take the time to ask potential electricians if they meet these important qualifications.

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