Be careful, testing this could expose you to serious danger!

Between June and September, our homes become hotter than we'd like, and can even become uncomfortable places where we don't want to rest. Faced with this, some people resort to remedies that aren't always a good idea.

A viral trick that hides a danger

At this time of year, many Internet users take to the networks to share on how to freshen up our rooms, but there's one tip that's gone viral as never before, and we warn you that it's not at all advisable.

The trick in question, like (really) all those that go viral, has caught the interest of many people because of its simplicity of execution. All you need is a towel, preferably a small one, a fan and some space in the freezer. You can imagine where the idea will take you.

Avoid the risk of electrocution

Users wet the towel and place it in the freezer. After two hours, they take it out and place it on the fan. The aim is that, as the towel warms up, the dripping will produce an effect similar to that of a humidifier.

While it seems a priori effective and meets the objective of softening the dry effect of closed environments and reducing the use of air conditioning, this trend also conceals a danger of which we should all be aware.

In the same way that it's inadvisable to dry laundry on radiators (which is clearly indicated by a sticker they all wear to warn us about it), no, fans aren't the place to place damp objects either.

This curious method of cooling could, among other things, cause the fan to overheat, and the worst consequence we could face would be ending up with an electric shock. The risk comes from the water which, during defrosting, soaks the surface of the fan until it reaches the motor or the socket, which could electrocute the user.

With that, you know that, although can be a great ally that often makes our daily tasks easier, on this occasion it hasn't been very successful, and there are many users who have already decided to delete their videos so as not to continue endangering their followers.

In summary, water and electricity are not friends, and to avoid scares, it's best to continue opting for more traditional methods that don't endanger anyone and help us keep our rooms cool, such as:

Create draughts by opening windows at the coolest times of the day.

“Open your windows at the coolest times of the day to let outside air in and create a draft. This will allow warm air to leave and fresh air to circulate in your home.”

Lower the blinds in rooms that are not in use.

“Close blinds or curtains in rooms that aren't being used to block outside heat and keep these spaces cooler. This will help reduce the overall temperature of your home.”

Wet the floor to make it damp and cooler.

“If you have a garden or terrace, don't hesitate to water the ground lightly to create a feeling of freshness. The evaporation of the water will cool the ambient air and help you stay cool.”

Opt for white curtains and bright colors that don't retain heat.

“Choose light-colored curtains and bright hues that reflect sunlight rather than absorb it. This will help keep your rooms cooler by preventing heat build-up.”

Install double-glazed windows in interior spaces.

“If you're looking for a long-term solution, consider installing double-glazed windows. They are more insulating and will help keep heat out of your home, while reducing cold loss.”

By following these tips, you can keep your home cool without putting yourself at risk. Remember, comes first!

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