- Avoid charging your mobile phone, tablet or laptop for long periods and don’t leave the device charger plugged in overnight or when you are out.
- When your device is charged, always remove the charger from the power socket.
- Only use laptops on a suitable hard surface that allows the machine to ventilate and don’t allow any of your devices to become covered with pillows, bedding, or clothing.
- Only use the correct charger and power cable that has been recommended by the manufacturer and don’t use chargers or cables which you suspect to be counterfeit. Such items are likely to breach UK safety standards and the use of poor quality components may increase the fire risk in your home.
With 71% of us now owning a smartphone and laptops rapidly replacing desktop computers within the home we are fast becoming a truly internet-savvy nation but the number of fires occurring as a result of mobile devices is also increasing.
Here are some tips to keep you and your children safe from fire.