In residential, commercial, and industrial settings, exhaust fans can support safe and healthy air quality; however, if they are not correctly installed or maintained, they may pose a risk. Ineffective exhaust can leave fumes, harmful chemicals, and humidity behind. Many fires each year are also brought on by poor exhaust fan ventilation. Let’s talk about some of the hazards associated with exhaust fans.
Hazards Associated With Exhaust Fans
- DUST ACCUMULATION
Simple dust collection from exhaust fans is a significant safety risk. On the fan blades and inside the housing unit, dust gathers. Long-term dust accumulation on fans will cause the motor to struggle or seize. The fan will continue to produce heat, but it’s possible that it won’t keep growing enough amperage to trip the circuit. If this condition is allowed to continue, the wire and the housing were to remain in this condition, and the wiring and any plastic or lint within may catch fire.
- BE AWARE OF THE RISKS INVOLVED BY INDUSTRIAL FANS
We thought we’d take a moment to focus on the major hazards associated with an industrial fan because safety is always our top priority. There are many moving parts that go into the operation of an industrial fan, which can cause a lot of concerns and safety issues for those who must work with them. Keeping your industrial fan maintenance up to date and in good working order reduces the likelihood of injury to those who must be around them.
● BATHROOM EXHAUST FAN FIRE HAZARDS
Exhaust fans are found in most residences and many commercial properties to help prevent steamed-up mirrors, damp walls, and fogged windows along with removing odors. However, they can also present a potential fire hazard if not cleaned and maintained on a regular basis. Fans, over time, build up lint which can cause the motor to overheat and ignite the lint, plastic fan blades, and the nearby combustible wood structure. The speed at which the lint builds up is a function of the amount of use and the amount of particulate in the air in which it operates.
Safety Measures For Safety
- MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE
Maintain a maintenance schedule to prevent mishaps brought on by exhaust fan accumulation. Switch off the circuit breaker, then clean the fan motor and blades at predetermined intervals (these will vary depending on the fan use). A professional should clean vent fans in commercial and industrial buildings.
- SEPARATE INPUT AND OUTPUT VENTS
Additionally, improper exhaust location can provide a risk to safety. Indoor air might become contaminated if an exhaust fan is vented too near an air intake vent. Separate the air intake and output vents, and place the intake vents far from other pollutant sources.
- MAXIMIZE PERFORMANCE
To maximize performance, outdated exhaust systems and fans may need to be upgraded or replaced to make the most of home, commercial, or industrial ventilation.
7 Most Effective Tips to Prevent Exhaust Fan Hazards
- Keep children and/or persons with reduced physical, sensory or mental capabilities away from the fan.
- Never insert fingers or objects through the guards.
- Never leave the running fan unattended.
- Never operate without ALL guards in place, including inlets and discharge guards/grills.
- Do not use in a confined space as this could cause injury or death by asphyxiation?
- Do not use inside a tank or confined area that contains, or did contain any volatile fumes, gases, or liquids.
- Do not locate in a corrosive atmosphere or where ambient temperature will exceed 40 C. Do not exhaust any air, gas, or fumes that can exceed 66 C.
Keep these safety measures and tips in mind to avoid any kind of hazard in your life. Feel free to contact us for any further assistance of electrical appliances.
Published 29 Sep. 22