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Paranoid about safety of tower fan

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GeorginaA Mon 20-Jun-05 20:00:47

Hoping someone can reassure me.

Have put a tower fan in ds1's room (he's 4) (ds2 has a little air cooler in his room, but of course he can't reach it as he's in a cot). Have stressed that he shouldn't put his fingers near or inside the grill or any other object as it's really dangerous. He asked why, and I ended up telling him his fingers would break off (yes, I know... great parenting form just before bedtime... have probably overdone it now, but really wanted to stress that he wasn't to touch it).

Thing is, I've come downstairs and I'm now really paranoid. Do these things have safety cutouts if something did go in there? He's a fairly good kid - if you tell him not to do something then he won't, but I don't want to rely on that, if you know what I mean.

I'm being overly paranoid, aren't I? AREN'T I?!!!

GeorginaA Mon 27-Jun-05 19:13:41

Okay, Bionaire one arrived today - seems marginally better - about a 0.6/0.7cm gap in the grills. With it unplugged and switched off we asked ds1 if he could touch the black bit inside and he couldn't get his smallest finger in very far. To be on the safe side, we've reiterated that he shouldn't try when it's switched on and that he shouldn't put anything else through the grill.

How was your one, Twiglett?

GeorginaA Fri 24-Jun-05 13:16:14

lol ... I never need excuses to buy stuff from Lakeland .

You're probably right re: the grill thing. It was the only one that specifically mentioned it though... oh well, we needed another for our bedroom anyway, so even if it's not significantly better, we were going to spend the money anyway. Will let you know what the size of the grill is when it arrives.

A friend suggested that I stick a piece of carrot in the fan and see what happens to the carrot (it being less likely to splinter than a pen or pencil and more finger like!). If it slices off then panic, if it stops the fan and just gets a bit beaten and bruised then worry less...

... am feeling a bit of a coward though! Think if it sliced off the carrot then I'd faint or something equally pathetic!

florenceuk Fri 24-Jun-05 12:45:01

Georgina, I saw that fan in the Lakeland catalogue and wondered about it, as DD and DS seem magically attracted to ours. But I wasn't sure whether it was necessarily any better because in theory, all fans have safety grills, don't they? Plus I wondered if DD would just tip it over (she's 8mths). Will be keen to see what you think! I need more excuses to order stuff from Lakeland anyway....

Orinoco Thu 23-Jun-05 21:46:02

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GeorginaA Thu 23-Jun-05 15:30:15

Thought I'd give you an update. I've had a good look at the fan and tried to get my little finger in (while it's switched off of course!) and the spinning bit is a good way back, even allowing for the extra slimness of children's fingers.

HOWEVER, I've just caught ds1 with his fingers against the grill (not inside, just against), despite strict instructions not to touch the grill part of the fan, so I no longer trust him. After research I've ordered one of these which is a tower fan that specifies a child safety grill and moved the old one into our room. I just feel with the extended amount of non-supervised time that he'll be in contact with the tower fan, I just wanted that extra bit of reassurance. Unfortunately, the new one is going to take 5 days to arrive

Thanks for all your messages - it really helped me to think it through

marthamoo Tue 21-Jun-05 13:05:10

Georgina, we have one like this in ds2's room. It's clipped to the top of his wardrobe, which is next to his bed, angled down at him - he can't reach it, and the cable is hidden behind the wardrobe. This may not work for you, depends on the layout of your ds's room but I thought I'd mention it.

Oh and I ought to mention I don't know anything about that company I've linked to - ours came from either Currys or Dixons but they don't seem to have them this year.

BarbaraX Tue 21-Jun-05 12:56:45

My fans are from Argos, the chepast range and like feelingold says about hers, slots seemed very narrow and even if dd got her finger in, the blades inside appear to be quite a long way back.

I am not worried. I would return the fans you have and get more appropriate ones. dd likes turning them on an off and change speed though. I do tell her off sometims but if i ignore it, she gets bored very quickly

feelingold Tue 21-Jun-05 11:13:53

My tower fans are from B & Q and the slots are very narrow and even if a child could get their finger in, the blades inside appear to be quite a long way back from the front grille cos it's curved IYSWIM.
My ds has one in his room (he is 5) and sometimes we leave it on all night or alternatively it has a 2 hour timer on it.

stitch Mon 20-Jun-05 23:10:41

weve had the tower fans for three years now. no probllems at all, except when the boys throw things around in their room and manage to knock the thing down. hasnt hurt it yet.
i got the towers because i felt they were the safest option. and so far that has proved to be true

GeorginaA Mon 20-Jun-05 22:39:18

LOL... I'm just in worry mode It's a hobby of mine...

KBear Mon 20-Jun-05 22:29:57

Oh sorry, didn't mean to give you something else to worry about! I would normally turn them off even on the hottest nights cos my DH is a stickler for unplugging everything (he gets on my wick!!) but he's not here tonight so I was just conducting a poll!

GeorginaA Mon 20-Jun-05 22:19:38

Depends on the night. Tonight I think I'll turn them off, but only because it's got cooler. Last night I left ds2's fan on all night.

You've got me worried now - is that a bad thing too?!

KBear Mon 20-Jun-05 22:15:36

quick hijack - excuse me!

Do you turn off the fans in your children's rooms before you go to bed or leave them on all night?

GeorginaA Mon 20-Jun-05 22:12:48

Not sure it would be stable enough tbh.

Think I'm going to wait and see what Twiglett's tower fan is like, and look at a few more places on Wednesday to see what their fans are like and maybe replace...

KatyMac Mon 20-Jun-05 22:03:28

Fix it to the wall or ceiling?

Might not work for tonite tho'

GeorginaA Mon 20-Jun-05 21:44:38

Not really a big enough room and ds1 could still get in it anyway.

KatyMac Mon 20-Jun-05 21:32:21

Could you put the fan in a playpen so the children can't reach it

GeorginaA Mon 20-Jun-05 21:28:34

Hmm... yes they probably could... my little finger can get in a gap of 0.7cm...

GeorginaA Mon 20-Jun-05 21:27:55

Okay, for comparison, Twiglett... the gaps are about 0.8cm across. Dunno... do you think a child's finger could get in that?

GeorginaA Mon 20-Jun-05 21:22:47

Thanks - if they're a lot better then I'll get one for ds1's room then use his one in ours I think.

Twiglett Mon 20-Jun-05 21:20:28

mine arrive tomorrow .. will post link if they seem ok

GeorginaA Mon 20-Jun-05 21:01:34

Okay Dickers, thank you very much for that. I shall continue to stress how important it is not to put anything in there, including small fingers!

Twiglett - there may well be tower fans with smaller grills, mine doesn't appear that small unfortunately, but they were the only ones Homebase had in stock when I sent dh out this afternoon to get one

Twiglett Mon 20-Jun-05 20:51:07

I have just ordered 2 tower fans on the assumption that they will be far safer than the circular fan we already have .. I thought the grille was too small for fingers? am shocked it isn't

Dickers Mon 20-Jun-05 20:49:11

I do know something about this, as I work for the safety team of a large retailer. The fan will not be fitted with a safety cut out, so will continue to spin if a finger is inserted into the fan casing (that's why the casing is there to protect the blades)

The safety standards the instructions refer to, relate to electrical safety and the safety of the motor.

It is impossible for all things to be made "child safe" and there is an assumption that parents have a duty of care and don't expose their children to situations/products which are unsuitable.

Having said all of the above, I think the power of the motor would prbably not be sufficient to cut/break a finger....probably cause a bad bruise.

GeorginaA Mon 20-Jun-05 20:14:39

this is the child that as a baby managed to get his fingers down an air ventillation grill at our old house... so I'm a little wary about pronouncing that he couldn't get his fingers in there!!!

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