TV Reporter's DIY Swamp Cooler Idea Doesn't Appear To Be Really Safe

In case you've been unplugged from social media and/or the Weather Channel lately, I'm here to tell you that Washington and Oregon are setting all sorts of all-time temperature records this week and people are beginning to freak out over how hot it's been.

TV stations KNDO/KNDU in the Tri-Cities region of Washington have been busy localizing the story with the typical fare offered up by the local news. That means anchor/reporter Jordan Tolbert was sent out on the 'How to stay cool in this heat' beat and came up with one of the most bizarre ideas you're ever going to see pumped out by a local TV station.

Tolbert came up with a DIY swamp cooler that consists of an ELECTRIC box fan, a cooler and three bags of ice placed into the cooler. You can watch the segment here. Miss Tolbert takes the ice and dumps it into the cooler and then she plugs in the box fan. Her next idea is to place the fan on top of the cooler to draw the cool air from the ice through the fan and into the air.

BOOM! Swamp cooler.

Now, I'm no electrician or swamp cooler expert, but my parents did tell me to be careful putting things powered by electricity too close to water. According to the warning tag on Lasko box fans, "DO NOT use this fan outdoors, in or near a window or near water, bath tubs, swimming pools, hot tubs or other wet areas."

Tolbert just goes ahead and dumps that fan right there on top of that beer cooler with three bags of ice ready to melt with outside temps expected to hit 119-degrees on Tuesday.

Again, I'm no expert, but you might want to find an alternative way of constructing a swamp cooler. Just sayin'.

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Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America. Kinsey is also the founder of OutKick’s Thursday Night Mowing League, America’s largest virtual mowing league. Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.