HOME FAN SAFETY TIPS
The added heat has created the need to use portable fans, even wiht th euse of central air conditioning. Chuck Bertoud with Housemasters share this home fan safety information and I thought I would share it with you. I know my husband and I use a fan at night . . . and I it made me think twice about operating the fan in the dark. Next time I want to change the setting at night, I am going to turn on my bathroom light! I hope you find these tips useful too.
Portable fans are one way to help breeze comfortably through a summer heat wave, but as the season winds down, homeowners should continue to be aware of the potential safety hazards associated with their use. Inexpensive portable fans are not designed to operate long-term. Over time, plastic fan blades can crack or can get out of balance due to heavy dirt buildup. The occasional inadvertent knockover also is likely to cause damage that may not be immediately apparent. Exposed portions of the fan's cord can be damaged by foot traffic, vacuuming or objects inadvertently placed over the electric cords. Any fan that operates noisily or erratically should be immediately disconnected and repaired or replaced.
Underwriters Laboratories also recommends the following safety precautions:
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