Cell Phone Safety

taureauJune 20, 2007

>>A few days ago, a person was recharging his

> >>cell phone at home. Just at that time a call came

> >>and he answered it with the instrument still

> >>connected to the outlet. After a few seconds

> >>electricity flowed into the cell phone unrestrained

> >>and the young man was thrown to the ground with a

> >>heavy thud. His parents rushed to the room only to

> >>find him unconscious, with a weak heartbeat and

> >>burnt fingers. He was rushed to the nearby hospital,

> >>but was pronounced dead on arrival. Cell phones are

> >>a very useful modern invention . However, we must be

> >>aware that it can also be an instrument of death.

> >>

> >>Never use the cell phone while it is hooked

> >>to the electrical outlet!

> >>

Incidentally, unplug all appliances (cell phone charger etc.) not being used, because even if you are not charging your phone, it is still using electricity. Save your money and conserve electricity.

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meredith_e Z7b, Piedmont of NC, 1000' elevation

OMG, I use mine plugged in pretty often! That's scary. Thank you for the post.

Me, I'm afraid of wet vacs, so you know I'll take it to heart.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2007 at 8:54PM
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This is most likely an urban legend. There could be a risk if the equipment is defective, as with anything, but this general risk is not substantiated.

Surely you guys recognize the type of thing that is passed around and should be checked out before passing further....?

Here is a link that might be useful: Cell phone electrocution

    Bookmark   June 20, 2007 at 9:59PM
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meredith_e Z7b, Piedmont of NC, 1000' elevation

OTOH, is there a particular need to use the phone while plugged in if there is more risk of an incident while doing this? I just hadn't thought about it before.

I got thrown 5-6 ft by turning on a lamp in a hotel room. I'm not telling everyone not to turn on hotel lamps, but more caution should be exercised with electrical appliances in general, in my experience.

This tip doesn't seem hard to add to my life if I prefer, so I thank Taureau for it. It's good to know the Snopes write-up, too... but I drop my phone a lot ;)

    Bookmark   June 21, 2007 at 9:47PM
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sammy zone 7 Tulsa

It is also listed on About.com, urband legends and folklore.

Tareau, we have all done this at one time or another. My daughter has caught me passing these legends time and again.


    Bookmark   June 22, 2007 at 11:30PM
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