Am I Experiencing an Electrical Emergency

Opinions on what is considered an electrical emergency can vary from person to person. An emergency could include a power outage that prevents individuals within the home from using the devices and running the risk of food waste or loss of heating and cooling. For another, this could mean an outlet sparking, creating a real fire risk to the home. While there is no set-in-stone standard for what constitutes an emergency, it is beneficial to understand some key signs you need to call a professional as soon as possible. This ensures you have the best chance of avoiding property damage and injury.

Burning Odors

One clear instance where you need to call in a professional electrician is when you notice a burning odor coming from cords, electrical outlets, or appliances. This is a serious issue that should never be ignored. Any weird smells can be a sign of a serious potential fire hazard. If you notice any odd smells, unplug suspicious devices or anything plugged into a questionable outlet. 

Power Outages

You should be able to rely on your home’s electrical power consistently. If you are living in an older home, this could be a sign that your electrical system needs to be updated. Many homes were not built to provide the electrical needs we have today with our various appliances and devices. Even consistently experiencing flickering lights could signal that you are demanding too much from your current system. 


Heat can be a clear warning sign that something is wrong. This can include your appliances but is most serious when coming from your service panel. The wiring in your home has strong currents moving through it. When improperly maintained or used, these currents can cause your service panel to heat up. You may also notice browning, frayed wiring, or dim lighting. 

Be Cautious

Electrical emergencies can take a variety of different forms. It is important to always err on caution when it comes to your health and safety. If you have any doubts concerning the current function of your system, don’t hesitate to call in a professional electrician. At Winters Electric, we provide 24/7 emergency services to ensure you are always confident with your electrical needs. Don’t hesitate to contact us.  

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