You’re using your fan WRONG – 6 dangerous mistakes to watch out for during a new heatwave

FANS on standby, because temperatures are rising again this week.

But some of us might be taking potentially deadly risks in a desperate attempt to stay cool.

Excessive dust is one of the big mistakes people make


Excessive dust is one of the big mistakes people makeCredit: Alamy

Consumer Protection Charity Electrical safety comes first has warned of six particularly common mistakes electric fan owners make.

In extreme cases, you could even put yourself in danger of fire.

“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,” explained Electrical Safety First’s Giuseppe Capanna.

“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.”

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1. Don’t leave your fan on overnight

It’s really tempting to leave the fan on overnight when the heat is making sleeping particularly uncomfortable.

However, according to Giuseppe, this is not a good idea.

He says households are putting themselves at risk if something goes wrong with their device while they sleep.

Giuseppe recommends turning off the fan at night to avoid an electrical fault that could lead to a fire.

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.

And don’t forget, some modern fans have timers too – so maybe you could set them to run for a few hours and turn off automatically later?

2. Buy from a trusted retailer

Buying your fan 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’s in danger of tipping over.

This can cause the blades to bang against the guard and put extra stress on the engine, which can lead to overheating and even a fire.

In addition, it could also completely break your fan.

4. Clean your fan from accumulated dust

Over the years, your fan’s vents and motor can become quite clogged with dust buildup.

This can put extra stress on the engine, making it more likely to 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 strange humming noises

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.

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 to check that the cables and vents are in good condition.

Damage to these parts can affect the performance of the product.

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