Vi­tal to fol­low guide­lines when charg­ing phones

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: Con­sumers are urged to give se­ri­ous at­ten­tion to safety when us­ing mo­bile phones fol­low­ing a num­ber of in­ci­dents re­lated to the de­vice.

Fed­er­a­tion of Malaysian Con­sumers As­so­ci­a­tions (Fomca) pres­i­dent Datuk Dr Marimuthu Nada­son said apart from en­sur­ing that the bat­tery, charger and mo­bile phone were gen­uine, con­sumers also needed to avoid us­ing phones at petrol sta­tions.

He said switch­ing off the de­vice while it was be­ing charged would pre­vent it from be­ing overused.

He was com­ment­ing on an in­ci­dent in­volv­ing a 19-year-old boy in Melaka, who was re­port­edly elec­tro­cuted in his sleep while lis­ten­ing to his mo­bile phone that was be­ing charged to a power bank on Fri­day.

On Aug 25 last year, a cam­era­man suf­fered burns on his left thigh when a power bank placed in his bag caught fire while he was work­ing in the fed­eral capital.

An­other case on April 23, last year, in Yan, Kedah, in­volved a boat skip­per, 27, who suf­fered in­juries to his hands and face after his mo­bile phone that was be­ing charged ex­ploded. Ber­nama

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