Considering our phone is normally the last thing we check before falling asleep and the first thing we look at in the morning, we keep them pretty close when go to sleep.
But based on this most recent report (and certainly not the only one), doing so may be far more dangerous than we expected.
An Australian woman, Melanie Tan Pelaez, was startled awake with second-degree burns along her arm.
She was initially unaware of what caused the burns, but later determined that it was her charging iPhone 7 nearby.
She said,“We matched the markings on my arm to the phone and charger.”
It’s hardly the first such story we’ve heard before, but it’s been difficult to distinguish the real cases from the staged ones or urban legends.
To be clear, this is a different issue altogether than the Samsung Note 7 issue that resulted in explosions, rather than overheating.
There are other risks inherent to sleeping right next to your phone as well.
They can keep you awake thanks to their bright emission of blue light.
Since charging a phone on a nightstand is such a common practice, it’s recommended that the device and the cord are left on a durable, non-fabric surface.
When devices overheat (often while charging) they can burn delicate materials touching them, be it a pillowcase, a sheet, or, in the instance of Melanie from Australia, her arm.
Apple has issued confirmation that they’re working with Melanie to investigate and understand the cause of the incident, but have not issued any further details.
Distancing yourself from your phone is a hard habit to break, for sure.
But the science suggests that incidents like Melanie’s are possible, so take precaution to ensure that your phone is in a safe spot, especially while you’re sleeping and unable to immediately react to any possible dangers.
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