Halifax Firefighters Warn Against Misusing Phone Chargers, Could Spark Fires

Halifax firefighters said that more and more fires are being caused by people using chargers for the electronic devices that are not supposed to be used for that device.

For example, most people will buy extra cheap chargers online and not be aware that the charger is not meant to be used for the device they are charging. Doing this can lead to a serious electrical fire.

Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency said that at least 12 fires a year are caused by phone chargers. These fires can be very easily avoided with proper education and use of devices.

“Our stats tracking is not specific enough to be objective, but subjectively we feel there is a rise in incidents.”

This is an important lesson to everyone out there. We can save a lot of lives by paying attention to the chargers we are using for our electronic devices.

[via CBC News]

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  • It’s Me

    Halifax firefighters said that more and more fires are being caused by people using chargers for the electronic devices that are not supposed to be used for that device.

    Not sure why, but this paragraph reads like it was dictated with a mouth full marbles.

  • Chrome262

    Our stats tracking is not specific enough to be objective, but subjectively we feel there is a rise in incidents.” People have been using the wrong charger for electronic devices for along time, so I believe because of the Subjective nature to not take this seriously. Of course use the right charger, or take time to research the requirement of your device.

  • Aleks Oniszczak

    I’d love to see an example of a charger that is “not meant to be used for the device they are charging” causing fires. You can use a more powerful iPad charger with an iPhone just fine for example – the iPhone just takes the power it needs. You can try using an iPhone charger on an iPad and the iPad will just charger slower or not at all. None of these cases cause fires. Maybe they mean badly designed chargers that ARE meant for the devices they are using are causing the fires. Not the customer’s fault in those cases and I’ve heard of lots of cases like these. Unless you have the time and skills to research cheap but good chargers (they exist), just bite the bullet and buy the expensive ones from the manufacturer of your device. It’s cheaper than fire insurance, and its less likely that you’ll end up killing anyone.