What To Do In Case Of Power Failure Or Electrical Sparks In Your Home

Whether it’s a power failure throughout the entire community or simply a failure in an electrical appliance, at some time or another you may have to manage with an electrical emergency. If and when an electrical emergency happens you should know how to turn off your homes electrical power, as well when to know you need to make electrical repairs.

It’s smart to keep on hand a supply of the proper-size fuses for your home, so you can replace any that have blown. Also have flash lights with extra batteries as well as candles and matches handy in case of power failure within your home.

Power Failure: If the electricity fails unexpectedly in your home, determine first if it’s  just in your house or throughout the community.

  • If the outage affects the community, notify the utility company.
  • If the problem is just in your home, you need to check for blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers. Replace any blown fuses or reset any tripped circuit breakers and then test for a short circuit or overload. Once the problem has been corrected, return power to your home.
  • To hinder food spoilage, don’t open the refrigerator or freezer while the power is out unless absolutely necessary.

Smoking or Sparking Appliance: Right away unplug the appliance or shut off the wall switch that powers the appliance. If you can’t unplug the appliance itself, turn off the power to the circuit. DON’T touch the appliance itself.

  • Once the appliance cools off, take it to repair shop or call a service spokesperson to come to and make the proper repairs.
  • If the appliance catches on fire, use a fire extinguisher to set out the fire. If the fire continues, get everyone out of the house and call the fire department from a neighbor’s home or from your cell phone. DON’T ever use water on an electrical fire.

Smoking or Sparking Appliance Plug: Cut off power to the outlet at once. By the cord, unplug the appliance and allow the plug to cool sown. Check the cord and plug for any signs of damage that need to be replaced if they are faulty.

  • Once you have repaired the appliance plug, check for a blown fuse that may need to be replaced or reset a tripped circuit breaker.
  • When you have inspected the plug and cord of the appliance and they are in excellent state, and if the circuit is fine, then the fault may be within the outlet. If this is the case replace the outlet.


Never work with any live or wet circuit, fixture, appliance, or receptacle, or switch.

Shut off the power first and test the circuit carefully with a circuit tester.