WHILE Britain is being hit by a brutal heatwave this week, Brits are looking for technology to help them beat the heat.
Those of us who use electric fans are warned against risky behavior to stay cool as parts of the country will surpass 30 degrees.
Consumer Protection Charity Electrical safety comes first has highlighted six important tips on using an electric fan to stay cool.
Measures to cool down during the warm nights could lead to a house fire.
“With temperatures forecast to exceed Los Angeles, people will be looking for ways to cool off,” said Electrical Safety First’s Giuseppe Capanna.
“It’s important to make sure you don’t risk fires or burns to stay cool, so make sure you follow our important tips to avoid an accident.”
“People should buy their fans from a reputable high street dealer they know and trust and register the product with the manufacturer
and never leave it on when you’re asleep or away from home.”
1. Don’t leave your fan on overnight
As the nights get warmer, they can leave us uncomfortably hot in our beds and potentially rob us of a good night’s sleep.
However, according to Giuseppe, it is not advisable to leave the fan running overnight to provide some cool air.
He says households risk endangering themselves if something goes wrong with their device while they sleep.
Giuseppe recommends turning off the fan at night to avoid the risk of a fire caused by an electrical fault.
Of course, most modern electric fans can be left on for hours and pose little or no fire risk.
If you leave it on overnight, make sure the device is free of dust and far from curtains or curtains.
If you risk severe heat stroke or other health issues by leaving your fan off, it’s almost certainly worth keeping it on.
2. Purchase from a reputable dealer
Buying from reputable retailers ensures you are getting a quality product that has been tested by safety inspectors.
Buying something cheap on obscure online marketplaces, on the other hand, can be dangerous.
That’s because it leaves you vulnerable to low-quality imitations that could risk electric shock and fire.
3. Do not balance your fan on the edge of a surface
Your fan should always be on a level surface.
If it’s balancing unsteadily on the edge of something like a dresser or bedside table, it could tip over.
This can cause the blades to bang against the guard and put extra stress on the engine, which can lead to overheating and a fire.
In addition, the fall could also completely break your fan.
4. Clear your fan of dust buildup
If dust collects on the air vents or on the engine, it can put extra stress on the engine, increasing the likelihood that it will overheat and catch fire.
The dust itself can also act as an ignition source if the engine overheats.
Make sure you clean your vent regularly to rid it of dust.
Before cleaning the fan blades or motor, make sure the unit is unplugged and follow the manufacturer’s instructions in the owner’s manual.
5. Don’t ignore a buzz
If your fan makes a low humming noise, it may be a sign of an electrical fault or an “arcing” at the connector.
Always make sure your fan is securely plugged in, and if you notice a burning smell or unusual noise, turn it off immediately.
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6. Check your fan for wear
We often keep fans in our hands for years and pack them away during the cooler months when damage to cables can occur.
It is important that your device’s cables and vents are in good condition.
Damage to these parts can affect the performance of the product.
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