Do you charge your phone safely?

Do you charge your phone safely?

A mistake that perhaps many of us are guilty of making is the way we charge our phones.  Phone batteries are known for going flat at the most annoying of times.  The most sensible way to charge a phone is on a worktop away from wet areas or soft furnishings. However this can also mean that you might miss an important phone call or can't continue with that live chat in comfort!

Inadvertently this can lead to dangerous methods of phone charging which leaves the phone at risk of overheating and fire.  A recent fire was caused by the householder charging their phone under a pillow.  Whilst this situation could easily be rectified, we reckon that lots of people are guilty of phone charging under their pillow without realising how dangerous this could be.

When phone charging can become dangerous

As electricians in Coventry we are seeing increasing electrical jobs where we are repairing electrical damage caused by using the wrong type of charger when charging items such as smartphones. Typically this is when universal chargers are being used which are not compatible with the type of phone being charged.

When the wrong charger is used, it can cause expensive damage to the phone itself and your home electrics.  It can even start a house fire or explode leaving you with serious burns.  The socket quickly overheats and damages the wiring within the wall.  This is why as one of the leading electrical companies in Coventry we do not recommend the use of universal chargers for any electrical device.

Charge your phone on a hard surface

Charging using a genuine phone charger is safe so long as the manufacturers instructions are followed.  However this doesn't rule out an electrical fault developing which could still result in fire.  This is why it is important that you charge your phone in a sensible location at all times.  

If you suspect electrical damage has been caused by using an incorrect charger, please contact a qualified and registered electrician as soon as possible.