Sleeping With Your Charger Next to Your Bed Can Be Incredibly Dangerous

Check the locations of your chargers at home right now.

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You may want to think twice before using your smartphone or tablet in bed. Though we already know these devices can negatively impact sleeping habits (opens in new tab), according to a new PSA posted on Facebook by a fire department in New Hampshire (opens in new tab), they can also become a safety issue for you and your family.

The Newton Fire Department (opens in new tab) recently shared a photo of burned sheets and pillows beside a charger as proof that this could happen to anyone — and it's a sleeping habit that could be putting children and teens at risk, in particular.

According to Popsugar (opens in new tab)research also shows that 72% of kids and 89% of teens use at least one device in their "sleep environment" based on a National Sleep Foundation poll (opens in new tab) in 2013. "The likely result is that the pillow/bed will catch fire," the fire department added. "This places the child/teen as well as everyone else in the home in great danger."

It's key for parents to warn their kids and grandkids about the dangers of sleeping next to their smartphone, but it's equally as important to pay close attention to where chargers are placed throughout the rest of your house.

To protect yourself and your device (opens in new tab), always use an official charger, says Rachel Rothman, Chief Technologist at the Good Housekeeping Institute (opens in new tab). "To check if a charger is Apple certified (opens in new tab), look for the 'Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad' logo," she says. "Avoid charging in extreme environmental conditions — too hot or too cold — and charge your device out of any case, as that can generate excess heat."