A twelve-year-old boy was tragically killed as a result of his phone falling into his bath while it was left on charge.
Keep scrolling to learn more about this devastating story, and the true danger that cell phones bring...
We probably couldn't live without our smartphones, could we?
via: Getty ImagesAnd, even if it means charging them up every few hours and taking a charger out and about with us - our clever little devices are totally worth it.
Smartphones do an awful lot of jobs and tasks for us...
via: Getty ImagesSo it's no wonder that they need charging up so often!
If you think about what actually goes on inside a phone...
via: Getty ImagesThe mechanism works at such high speeds that it is, of course, going to warm up slightly - especially when being put on charge.
It has been found that overuse of certain apps causes smartphones to heat up...
via: Getty ImagesUsing features such as the camera, WiFi, and display brightness are common factors in the over-heating of smartphones.
But the most common factor in phones over-heating?
via: Getty ImagesCharging. While the majority of smartphones only heat up slightly, there have been many reported cases of smartphones getting extremely hot to the point where they begin smoking or even set on fire.
There have been numerous reports of smartphone owners receiving injuries and burns from their phones...
via: Getty ImagesWriting on Reddit, a Samsung smartphone owner explained that her phone completely froze and shut down. She went to put it on charge, but, within seconds, the whole thing "went up in flames." Luckily, the woman used a couple of nearby towels to distinguish the flames, but she ended up with burns on her hands.
More and more issues have arisen over the years about charging phones...
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It is often stressed to never leave your phone charging overnight, especially by fire services all around the world.
A fire chief from the U.K warned that we must never plug our phones in overnight after having dealt with houses being completely engulfed in flames - all caused by 1 smartphone.
Many do not realize it, but leaving a phone plugged in for long periods of time is extremely dangerous...
via: Getty Images“Never leave items on charge or unattended for long periods – and ensure the plug to the charger is switched off even if it’s not connected to your phone/electrical item," the fire chief of Leicester Fire Department said.
Falling asleep next to a smartphone is an extremely common occurrence...
via: Getty ImagesSleeping with phones in bed was also advised against.
But there's another big danger to phone charging...
via: Getty ImagesBecause a charging phone mixed with water can cause real peril - as this story shows.
Russian art blogger and lecturer Anastasia Sosnovskaya has spoken out this week.
After the tragic death of her twelve-year-old son Yaroslav.
He was bathing while playing on his iPhone 4.
But disaster struck when his phone fell into the bath.
"We have lost our son," she wrote.
"He was twelve, absolutely healthy, happy, with big plans."
"We tried to resuscitate him for forty minutes, but nothing helped."
"And we did not understand at first what had happened."
"Today, after almost 2 weeks, the forensic analysis told us the reason."
"It was an electric shock in the bathroom from his phone which was charging."
The boy managed to throw the phone from the tub after it fell.
But it was too late and he was electrocuted.
"I want every person to know that, yes, people die from this."
"So that you once and for all forbid children - and yourself -using phones in the bath."
"Children - never. Under no pretext."
"There are a lot of [people who have died] because we underestimate the risks."
"I was sure that it was impossible to die from this. If only I knew."
She urged her followers to spread the message.
"Someone will think, someone will forbid (their children), someone will learn that it is really life-threatening."
"Then at least some meaning appears for me in what happened."
"Because children should not die of stupidity that is so easily prevented."