Are electric fans safe to use in hot rooms?
August 3, 2011 3:05 PM Subscribe
Is it safe to run an electric fan in a hot room? I always assumed it was, but a Houston Chronicle blog post claims that doing so will accelerate the body's overheating. That sounds extremely dubious to me, and I wonder if it's simply a variation of the superstitious claim that sleeping near a fan can cause death. In preparation for Hurricane season, I gave battery powered fans to everyone in my family, including my ninety seven year old grandfather, so I'm hoping to clear this up, before any of us actually need the fans. It it weren't for the fact that I'd given these fans to family, I'd probably just laugh it off as sloppy journalism, but I want to be sure that they're safe to use during a power outage. Opinions would be appreciated, obviously.
posted by Beholder to health & fitness (44 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite