How to Fix Smoke Coming Out of Electrical Outlets

Have you ever gone to plug in your vacuum cleaner only to find that the outlet is smoking? If so, you’re not alone. This is a common problem that can be caused by a number of factors and should be addressed as soon as possible. In this article, we’ll go over what to do when you see or smell smoke coming from your electrical outlets.

What to do about it

Identify the source

If it’s coming from a specific appliance or electronic device that’s plugged into the outlet, unplug it right away. If the smoke is coming from the actual outlet itself, do not attempt to unplug any devices.

Turn off the circuit breaker

If the smoke is coming from the outlet, you’ll need to turn off the power at the circuit breaker. This will prevent further damage to the outlet and any devices that are plugged into it.

Feel the wall around the outlet

If the smoke is coming from the outlet, carefully feel the wall around it to see if it’s hot. If it is, there may be a fire behind the wall. In this case, you’ll need to evacuate the premises immediately and call the fire department.

Call an electrician

Once the smoke has stopped, or once the fire has been put out, it’s extremely important to call an electrician before turning the circuit back on. The electrician will be able to inspect the outlet and determine what caused the smoke. They’ll also be able to make any necessary repairs to prevent it from happening again.


There are a few things you can do to help prevent smoke from coming out of your electrical outlets in the future:

Use outlet covers: Outlet covers will help protect outlets from debris and dust, which can cause a fire.

Don’t overload outlets: Overloading an outlet with too many devices can lead to smoke and fire. Be sure to use surge protectors when necessary, and don’t plug more than two devices into a single outlet.

Inspect outlets regularly: It’s a good idea to inspect your electrical outlets on a regular basis. Look for signs of wear and tear, loose or damaged wires, or corrosion, and make sure that there’s no debris or dust around them.

Call an electrician: If you’re ever unsure about an outlet, don’t hesitate to call an electrician for help. They’ll be able to inspect the outlet and advise you on what to do.

Tidal Electrical Can Help

If your home has been affected by an electrical fire, it is important to have the electrical system inspected before turning the power back on. Tidal Electrical Services offers comprehensive electrical inspection & repair services in Raleigh, NC, and Houston, TX. Our team of certified electricians will ensure that your electrical system is safe and up to code. We also offer a wide range of other electrical services, including outlet installation and repair, panel upgrades, and whole-house surge protector installation. Contact Tidal Electrical Services today to schedule your next electrical inspection. We look forward to helping you get your home back up and running safely and efficiently.