Safety Tips: What You Should Do in the Event of an Electrical Fire

Electricity has been a blessing for the human race since Benjamin Franklin discovered it during a thunderstorm in 1752 using just a kite and a key, but it’s important to remember that electricity can also be a dangerous thing. In fact, an accident can happen at any time.

At Ocean Coast Electric, we take pride in being one of the leading commercial electrical companies in Mercer County, New Jersey, as well as the surrounding areas, and we understand just how important electrical safety is. In this blog, we’re going to highlight what you should do in the event of an electrical fire.


Remain alert to any conditions that may lead to an electrical fire.
To prevent an electrical fire from happening in the first place, you should remain alert to any of the conditions that may lead to one. Some of the most significant warning signs include:

  • Flickering lights
  • Tingling feelings or shocks when you touch an electrical appliance
  • Circuit breakers that consistently trip
  • Discolored electrical wall outlets
  • Smoke or a burning smell coming from a plug, wiring, or an appliance

If you notice any of these, make sure you unplug the appliance and cut the power at the electrical panel. Then, give us a call at Ocean Coast Electric, so we can inspect the situation and fix whatever needs to be fixed.


If a fire starts, the first thing you should do is call the fire department. While you’re waiting for them to arrive, try to put out the fire yourself (while staying safe) by:

Using baking soda for a small electrical fire – Yes, we’re talking about the baking soda that you can find in the kitchen. If the fire is small enough, you can use the baking soda to douse it.

Using a Class C Fire Extinguisher – If the fire is larger, use a Class C fire extinguisher, which is used to effectively put out fires that originate around appliances, circuit breakers, wiring, and outlets. If you don’t have one, wait in a safe place for the fire department.

Remember – Never use water by itself to put out an electrical fire! Water conducts electricity, and you may be badly shocked.

To learn more about the commercial electrical construction services that we provide in Burlington County, New Jersey, and other local areas, give us a call today at 732-338-8732.

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