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Safe charging of mobile phones


Many people in business have a work mobile phone. Usually there is nothing to worry about, but incorrect charging methods can cause problems, including fire in some rare cases. The following guidance should limit any problems:

  • Always read the manufacturers safety information before using the phone.

  • Use only the manufacturer’s approved batteries, chargers and accessories.

  • Ideally connecting your phone charger directly into plug socket is safer than using extension leads. If you do use extension leads, protect your electrical equipment by connecting them to a surge protector extension lead.

  • Visually inspect the phone, charger or accessories before use.

  • Ensure that plugs and sockets are not damaged.

  • Do not charge your phone at night whilst asleep.

  • If there are any concerns of your phone, if any part of the phone is cracked or broken or giving off a burning smell: stop using it immediately and remove from socket.

  • Check that visible cables and leads are in good condition.

  • Check that you are not storing combustible materials around your fuse box, electricity meter or electrical intake.

  • Never trail cables under carpets or rugs.

  • Never take mains-powered electrical items into the bathroom.

  • Never charge a mobile phone on top of, or near another mobile phone, especially of that other phone is also charging

  • Always switch off your electrical items when they are not in use.

  • Do not store or charge the phone near a hob or microwave when cooking.

It is important to make sure that the electrical installation in your property is well maintained, and we recommend that you use a registered electrician to check that it is safe. However, there are a number of simple, visual checks that you can carry out yourself:

  • Check that you have RCD protection in your fuse box

  • Make sure that your plug sockets are not overloaded. Electrical Safety First has developed an online “socket calculator” to help you to check that yours are safe.