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The Surprising Dangers of Charging Your Phone in Bed

Posted by Dev Sethi | Jun 11, 2022 | 0 Comments

The short answer - YES. It's a major no-no. 

Electronics hold a deeply rooted place in our lives, even while we are sleeping. Researchers report that a majority of children, and a surprisingly high number of adults, admit to sleeping with a charging device in bed or under their pillow. Sleeping with a device is a bad choice from sleep hygiene and mental health perspectives, but from a safety standpoint, sleeping with a charging device is downright dangerous. Bottom line - keep phone charges out of bed.

53% of children/teens charge their phone either on their bed or under their pillow. This can be extremely dangerous. The heat generated cannot dissipate and the charger will become hotter and hotter. The likely result is that the pillow/bed will catch fire. This places the sleeper, as well as everyone else in the home, in great danger. 

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) advises, "Smartphones should be charged in locations that allow for adequate ventilation so they do not overheat. Charging them under a pillow, on a bed or couch doesn't allow for the necessary airflow."

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Dev Sethi

Dev Sethi litigates and tries a wide-range of complex injury and death cases throughout Arizona. He has Martindale Hubbell's highest rating, AV, and he is listed in "Best Lawyers." Dev is also recognized as an Arizona Super Lawyer in the area of plaintiff's products liability litigation.Dev has been at the forefront of auto product defect litigation. He played a key role in uncovering the Goodyear Load Range E tire scandal and worked to hold Ford Motor Company responsible for the danger posed by their now notorious 15-passenger vans. Dev is currently representing families in product liability suits against the nation's largest corporations including General Motors, Ford, Pentair Pools and Invacare.

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