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How many chargers do you have?

5/23/2023 (Permalink)

Phone charger This shows that the charger started on fire.

How many chargers do you currently have plugged in at your home or office? Between phone chargers, tablet chargers, and various gaming console accessories, it's not uncommon to have several plugged in simultaneously.

But did you know that even when your devices are not connected and actively charging, the wall plugs for these chargers still have power running through them?

While it's widely known that charging a phone on a flammable surface like a bed or sofa can be a fire hazard, many people are unaware that once the phone or charging cord is disconnected, the wall plug continues to draw power.

With the increasing use of mobile electronics in our daily lives, most of us have multiple chargers for our cell phones, tablets, and other accessories. It's common to leave these chargers plugged in and simply disconnect the devices when not in use. However, this practice poses a significant fire hazard and has become one of the leading causes of electrical fires in homes.

To mitigate this risk, there are two preventative measures you can take. One option is to unplug all chargers when they are not actively charging devices. Alternatively, you can plug all chargers into a high-quality GFI power strip and turn it off when the chargers are not in use.

By following these safety precautions, you can reduce the chances of a dangerous and costly fire in your home or business. And in the unfortunate event of a fire or water damage, please remember that SERVPRO of Dubuque is here to help. We specialize in restoring properties to their pre-damaged condition and making it "Like it never even happened."

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