The performance of axial fans in close proximity to the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) screens was analyzed by means of an experimental parametric study. The following geometrical parameters were studied: the hub-to-tip ratio, the ratio between fan thickness and fan diameter, the porosity and thickness of the perforated plate, and finally, the distance between the perforated plate and the inlet and the outlet of the fan. Screen porosity was found to be the most important parameter. Fan performance degradation is expressed by means of two correlations: one for the deterioration in the fan pressure at the no-flow point and the other for the flow rate reduction at the free delivery point. Both correlations were formulated as functions of screen porosity and the distance between the fan and the screen. We believe that the correlations can serve as a good guide for correct fan placement in a telecommunications cabinet.