Usually calling it a night means lying down in bed and fiddling on your phone for a few hours before actually falling asleep. That is why phone chargers are usually placed right next to your bed so that you can use your phone while it’s charging up until the second you pass out and then again the first second when you wake up.
This is actually a bad habit because science has shown that looking at your phone before bed actually hurts your sleep and looking at it in the morning may increase your likelihood of being lazy all day.
But now, a good night’s rest is actually the least of your worries, because there is something far worse that can be brought about by charging your phone on your bed…
Your phone can burn your house down
A sixteen-year-old in England plugged her phone in and put it under a pillow before drifting off to sleep. When she awoke, she reached under her pillow to pick up her phone, only to find it was so hot that it practically burned her hand.
She looked underneath her pillow, where the phone had been charging and there were scorch marks all over her pillow and sheets. The phone got so hot it melted her pillow.
She was extremely lucky that her bed did not catch on fire in the middle of the night.
But what made her phone so hot?
The phone charger is most definitely to blame. This charger’s phone cord wasn’t exactly in mint condition, which if you’ve owned a phone for over a year, neither is yours probably. The exposed wires in the damaged phone cord were the main problem as any exposed wire is a huge fire risk. Thankfully that girl did not sleep in, or else her house might be toast.
So if your phone cable is frayed or damaged in any way, it is better to replace it than to try and mend it or even worse just keep using it.
If there is no damage to your phone or cord then it is unlikely that it will cause a fire from charging, but it is still possible. Another big mistake she made was putting the phone underneath her pillow. When you cover your phone with a pillow it does not allow heat to escape, making the phone hotter and hotter. So if your phone is overheating, then covering it with a blanket or pillow is just begging to start a fire.
So what is the right way to charge your phone if it’s not in my bed?
Your best bet to charge your phone is on a flat surface with no flammable materials around. But in general, just try to keep an eye on it.
Okay so I messed up and now my phone is really hot. What should I do?
If you believe your phone is overheating, the best thing to do is turn it off so that it can cool down. Your phone can get hot for many other reasons besides just having it plugged in. The sun, or over use can also help the temperature of your mobile device rise.
If your phone is so hot that you can’t touch it, then put on an oven mitt or something and take it to the phone manufacturer to get it fixed.
If you take anything away from this article, it’s use your phone wisely and don’t be afraid to splurge on new charging cords, because splurging on cords is easier than splurging on a new house.