The risk of leaving the electric fan on overnight has been revealed – it’s potentially deadly

Leaving the fan on overnight may not be the smartest idea, according to safety experts.

While it’s a good last resort rather than suffering from the heat, leaving it on for hours while you sleep comes with its own risks.

Sleeping with the fan on isn't the best idea...


Sleeping with the fan on isn’t the best idea…Credit: Alamy

There is no hard data on fan-related fires, but electricity remains the leading cause of all accidental home fires in the UK.

“In sweltering conditions, Brits are far more likely to turn to their loyal fans to cool off, but we advise against being tempted to keep them running all night when you’re sleeping,” warned Giuseppe Capanna, product safety engineer by Electrical Safety First charity.

“If your fan shows signs that something is wrong, such as B. a burning smell, sparks or an unusual buzzing, your reaction time will be greatly delayed.

“Consequently, there could be an increased risk of fire if you cannot react quickly enough to the situation.

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“Motors in fans can easily be subjected to unnecessary stress, such as when the fan falls over or becomes blocked, so it’s important to keep an eye on your fan when it’s running.

“Don’t go on an overheated engine to stay cool at night.”

Experts are also urging people to be careful about what kind of fan they buy – and where they buy it.

Think twice before buying a used fan as it may be older and tend to be in poor condition.

There could also be a hidden problem that you are not aware of, such as: B. Old or damaged motors that may be more prone to overheating.

However, if you buy a used fan, check it for visible damage, particularly around the cords and plug.

If you keep your fan in a shed or in a damp place, it’s important to check it for mold or mildew as well.

Also use a fan with a compliant UK plug – never use one with a EU plug which comes with a travel adapter.

And it is best to buy a new fan from a well-known dealer rather than from third-party suppliers on online marketplaces.

Despite fire safety concerns, if you’re really struggling with the extreme heat, it’s probably best to leave the fan on and follow some of these tips to stay cool.

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