NewsWhy you should stop charging your phone at night

Why you should stop charging your phone at night

Don't charge your phone like that.
Don't charge your phone like that.
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12:11 PM EST, December 8, 2023

Many of us habitually charge our smartphones and tablets overnight to wake up to a fully charged device in the morning. However, despite its commonality, this practice is discouraged by experts because of the potential risks it poses.

The practice of overnight charging isn't restricted to any particular group. We mainly do it to ensure fully charged devices by the morning. However, experts advise that this practice is quite risky.

Several dangers are associated with this habit. Topmost among them is the risk of an electrical short circuit which, in extreme cases, could lead to a fire. The progression from a short circuit to a fire is, indeed, swift.

Problems arising from fires caused by kettles and coffee makers are something firefighters have been grappling with for years. Therefore, it's always safer to switch them off when we go to bed or leave the house. They are often plastic devices kept on wooden countertops, making them prone to short circuits and potential fire hazards. Similarly, keeping mobile phones charging overnight next to the bed or in the bed isn't a safe or wise practice.

The risks of charging your phone

With the constant increase in the number of electrical devices in our homes, the usage of extension cords and splitters has increased significantly. Unfortunately, every socket has its capacity limitations, which, when exceeded, can lead to overloading.

Connecting too many devices to one socket can cause the installation to overheat. Moreover, if a phone charging under a duvet or blanket exceeds the device's safe temperature limit, it increases the risk of a fire.

Therefore, caution is recommended. It's safer to charge mobile devices during the day and remember not to connect too many devices to one socket. This simple step can greatly enhance our safety.

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