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Electrical fires

Fires that involve electrical appliances, outlets or cords are different than other fires. Because water conducts electricity, throwing water on an electrical fire can cause the fire to get larger. Here is what to do:

  • NEVER use water on an electrical fire.
  • Tell an adult right away. If the fire can be put out safely, the adult should use a proper chemical fire extinguisher.
  • If the fire cannot be put out safely, leave the house and do NOT go back inside.
  • Call 911 and tell the operator it is an electrical fire. Give your address if asked.