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People are just realising they’re making a big mistake with their fan – check yours now

CHANCES are you’ve dug out your fan for the hot weather this weekend.

Temperatures could reach up to 30C in some parts of the UK.


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

But experts are warning users to check their fan for a potentially fatal mistake before using it.

Electrical Safety First say households must ensure any fan they use is free from dust build up after being in storage.

That’s because it risks causing a fire.

The motor could be put under additional strain from the dust and grime for starters.

Or it could become a source of ignition if the motor were to overheat.

It’s probably not good for you to breathe the dust in either.

For this reason experts recommend you clean vents.

Be sure to unplug your fan and to follow manufacturers’ instructions before opening the guard or attempting to clean the fan.

“With temperatures projected to soar this weekend, people will look for any option to cool themselves down,” said Giuseppe Capanna, Product Safety Engineer at Electrical Safety First.

“It’s important to make sure you don’t risk fires or burns in your bid to stay cool, so ensure you follow our essential tips to avoid an accident occurring.

“People should buy their fans from a reputable High Street retailer they know and trust, register the product with the manufacturer and never leave it on whilst asleep or out of the house.”

Don’t forget to follow our tips on staying cool during hot weather.

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