Question by  typist (63)

What do you think about using a fan during a thunderstorm?

Is it dangerous?


Answer by  worker3742 (208)

Using a fan during a thunderstorm is relatively safe. There are some factors that can alter this though. If you are outside in the thunderstorm with the fan on, then it is possible that lightning could strike the area you are in and hit you. If your inside, make sure you have a surge protector on the fan.


Answer by  dblake (96)

I think you'd still get water on your face - just faster. Oscillatious!


Answer by  bigwig (654)

No, probably not. There is no reason why running a normal appliance inside and using electricity would be a danger during a thunderstorm. Using something tall and metal outside would be, but I don't think that applies to a fan.


Answer by  Duncan (1124)

I can't see how it could be dangerous. You should be more concerned about other electronic devices, such as newer televisions and computers. Those can be damaged if a sudden surge of electricity caused by lightning occurs. In any event, use surge protectors for all your electronic devices, that way you won't have to worry.


Answer by  elaine (450)

The power is flowing in your house so it won't make any difference. Water is the great attractor so avoid the bathroom or running the dishwasher or washing machine.


Answer by  BrianSJ (524)

There is nothing specifically wrong with using a fan during a thunderstorm, but it is not a good idea to have any unnecessary electrical appliances operating when a thunderstorm is coming. You should turn off and unplug any fans and other such devices if a thunderstorm is approaching your area.

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