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Safety Alert – Inflatable Blower Fans
Children’s play equipment could be affected

We have recently received a safety alert from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) relating to inflatable electric blower fans – the type of fan blower is typically used to inflate play equipment such as small bouncy castles and advertising inflatables.

The electrical safety issue relates to a particular design of fan blower which has been imported into the UK by a number of suppliers – one where the electrical socket is fitted to the front of the casing, below the blower outlet (i.e. not on a cable lead) and you can see the rear of the electrical socket & conductors as shown in these pictures.

Inflatable Blower Fan

Inflatable Blower Fan

Affected fan - rear of electrical socket & conductors

Affected fan – rear of electrical socket & conductors

Affected fan - rear of electrical socket & conductors

Affected fan – rear of electrical socket & conductors

After testing on one of these units it was found that the connection did not stop water getting onto live contacts – despite the manufacturer’s plate stating the unit complied with the required standards.

The consequences could mean that anyone touching metal parts of the unit could get a potentially lethal 230v shock.
 
 

Those who own and operate these electrical fans have legal duties to ensure these are safe.

The HSE strongly advises, “To bring this alert to the attention of their competent examiner who should check that the fans comply with all the necessary standards.”

Read the full safety notice from the HSE here and please send a link to this article to anyone you know who may be affected.