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What are some dangers of old electric fans?

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Dangers associated with electric fans include fire, electrocution, electric shock and electrical hazards, according to a review of 243 portable fan-related incidents occurring between 1992 and 1998. Box fans, table fans and floor fans were involved in 65 percent of the hazardous incidents, reports the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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An estimated 4,500 fires associated with portable electric fans occurred during this period, resulting in 270 injuries, over 20 deaths and nearly $55 million in property loss. Motors, switches and power appliance cords are cited as the most common failure modes associated with portable electric fans, according to the CPSC.

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