Dramatic title I know – What You Can do to Make Your Children Safer Tonight. I wanted it to be attention grabbing with good reason, though.
The Electrical Safety First charity are trying to get the message out there to families, about the risks of charging electrical equipment overnight in children’s rooms. In particular, charging electrical equipment such as phones, tablets and handheld games whilst they are on a bed or similar type of surface.
We all know that electronics heat up when they are used for a long time and often whilst charging, as we can feel it with our hands. However, you may not realise quite how dangerous this can be if you leave things charging overnight on anything other than a hard surface.
When you have electronics charging on a bed, fluffy carpet or similar type of surface, the heat from the item charging can’t easily dissipate. With it not being able to cool down easily, and getting hotter and hotter, there is a risk of fire. Obviously, the risk is there during the day as well, but overnight with everyone sleeping, the chances of you noticing quickly and before anyone is at risk are smaller.
Especially if it is the bed, that the charging item is on. Before Electrical Safety First contacted me, I was already careful about my own children charging things on their bed. However, this was due to me worrying about them kicking them off and breaking them in the night. I had no idea just how dangerous it can be.
I realised that although the boys’ phones and tablets weren’t charging on their beds, they were left on top of cuddly toys or on the thick carpet. After being contacted by Electrical Safety First, I am now making them be more careful where they charge their electronics. I am also now turning off all of their plug sockets in their room before I go to bed.
I feel happier knowing that I have protected them in this way, and I am so glad that we didn’t have to learn the hard way what a bad idea it was.
You can pop to the Electrical Safety First site, for tips on how to charge items safely and help to make your own children (and yourselves!) safer overnight.
A few key things to remember, though don’t let them sleep with their phone under their pillows even if they aren’t charging, only charge things on a hard surface, preferably charge them before you sleep, switch electronics off overnight and very importantly ONLY use branded safety checked chargers.
Please pass this message on to others, and stay safe.