A good electric fan can work wonders by wicking heat and sweat away from your body. However, in doing the job to cool you, surprisingly, electric fans can get rather hot themselves. This can present a fire risk, hazardous to both you and your family. Reduce fire risk and stay safe this summer by considering these tips:
- Buy from reputable sellers. Buy an electric fan from a retailer you know and trust and avoid third party sellers and online marketplaces. If possible, avoid buying second-hand electric fans. Once purchased, register your fan with the manufacturer to be kept abreast of any safety recalls.
- Inspect fans regularly. Conduct regular checks of your fan’s plug and socket, looking for burn marks. Additionally, listen out for ‘arcing’ (buzzing and crackling) sounds. If you notice any suspicious signs or your fan feels hot to touch, turn it off immediately and contact the manufacturer. As older motors can overheat, replace your fan every few years.
- Use fans safely. Don’t leave your fan running when you’re out of the house. Additionally, be careful when children or pets are nearby.
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