EXPERTS have warned hot-blooded Brits against following dangerous TikTok hacks to stay cool.
The popular video sharing app is full of creative ways to beat the heat.
Many have been viewed and liked thousands of times.
Safety professionals at Charity Electrical Safety First fear people using so-called “Home Air Con” tricks are putting themselves in danger.
The bad idea is people tie ice cream cones to their fans to create a fresh breeze.
However, if you put water near an electrical appliance in this way, you run the risk of being electrocuted by the dripping water.
Not only that, the excessive weight of the bag could tip your fan over and damage or impede the rotation of the blades.
“Videos on TikTok encourage hot-blooded Brits to practice unsafe hacks with their electric fans,” he said Giuseppe Capanna, product safety engineer at Electrical Safety First.
“Tying an ice pack to a fan is very risky as it could destabilize the fan which could cause it to fall over causing the blades to slam against the guard and add extra stress to the motor and possibly your fan completely.” to damage.
“Most importantly, the water that melts from the bag could potentially contact the motor and put anyone who touches the fan at risk of electrocution.”
The warning comes amid multiple safety alerts for fans as Britain basks in the hottest day on record.
Consumers have been told not to leave their fan running overnight as it could pose a fire risk.
Fan owners have also been urged to ensure theirs aren’t too dusty.
And anyone buying a new fan has been strongly advised to go to reputable retailers rather than third-party sellers via online marketplaces.
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