Safety tips for installing a ceiling fan include turning off the power before beginning, checking for a fan-rated electrical box, and checking for wiring or pipes in the ceiling before cutting or drilling holes. Determine if the job requires a permit before beginning the work.
Locate the circuit panel and the breaker for the circuit where the fan is being installed. Turn the power off, and turn on the light switch to ensure it no longer illuminates. Remove the light cover and bulbs from the fixture. Remove the retaining screws for access to the electrical box, and disconnect the wire nuts that hold the fixture in place.
Check the bottom of the electrical box for markings indicating it has a fan rating. If it does not, install a fan kit that connects to the ceiling joists on either side of the new installation. Boxes without this rating may not support the fan and could allow it to fall and cause injury to people or damage to property. If the manufacturer includes a support cable with the unit, attach it firmly to the fan and the electrical box.
Always check for wiring and plumbing above the ceiling before cutting or drilling any new holes. Reroute them, or relocate the fan to ensure a safe installation.