Teenager Electrocuted to Death by Cell Phone Charging
He was found with ears bleeding, possibly from using his headphones while charging the phone.
Charging our phones is as natural as drinking water. We do it everyday that it’s become part of our daily lives, and we fret when the battery’s dying and there’s no charger in sight.
Safe phone charging is really serious business. Mums, the danger of getting electrocuted by cell phone is a real, and it can happen at any time.
Boy electrocuted using headphones plugged to charging phone
A Malaysian boy, from Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia was found dead, lying on the ground by his mother, who initially found her son lying on the floor when she left for work in the morning. She thought he was sleeping.
Feeling uneasy, she went back home to check on him. She touched him and found his body was cold. She quickly contacted a nearby clinic.
The medical officer found no injuries or bruises, but did find his ears was bleeding. It’s possible the boy was wearing headphones plugged to his charging phone.
The medical officer confirmed the boy died hours earlier. According to later post mortem checks, his cause of death was related to electrocution.
More cases of electrocuted by cell phone
Getting electrocuted by cell phone is not an isolated case. There are several cases of charging phones causing death happening around the world.
A similar overnight charging case happened in Vietnam. A 16 year old girl came in contact with her broken charging cable while sleeping. She was found unconscious the morning after, and pronounced dead in the hospital.
Practice safe charging habits
- Stop using the phone while charging. Most phones nowadays have quick charging features so you’ll be able to use the phone sooner, so be patient.
- Charge often. You don’t have to charge the phone overnight, so don’t worry about charging the phone when it’s at 75%. It’s actually better than depleting it’s battery.
- Don’t leave your charging phone on the bed or near any heat source. Overheating not only depletes a battery’s life, but in a rare occurrence, it could cause an explosion.
- Don’t use any charging cables with exposed wiring or damaged charging heads. Buy a new one, as long as it is original or comes with the Safety Mark printed on its packaging or on the product itself.