If you aren’t familiar with the Darwin Awards, you should look them up. If you don’t want to receive a Darwin Award, read these six tips on surviving your gadgets.
Smartphones and bathtubs don’t mix well
Most smartphones today are designed to prevent electrocution in the event someone is operating a device in a tub or shower, but accidents do happen.
Speaking of places you shouldn’t use your smartphone, keep them out of your bed
A number of studies have reported that the quality of your sleep suffers if you use a smartphone in bed. You can also get electrocuted by a charging device, or your device could start a fire. Keep your phone off your sheets.
Stop texting and driving
Despite it being illegal in most states, millions of Americans drive and text. The Nation Safety Council estimates that over 300 Americans are killed and 341,000 are injured as a result of texting while driving. Pull over and turn off your engine if it’s that important. (Hawaii is also considering banning texting while walking!)
Discard damaged chargers
If your phone, tablet, or computer charger is showing signs of wear and tear, discard it, and buy a new one. Fortunately, many companies have created lines of products, such as Amazon Basics, that make replacing these cables affordable.
Avoid knock off gadgets and chargers
While the CPSC and other U.S. agencies have safety laws that manufacturers have to comply with, not all products in the world have to follow the same strict standards. That $0.39, knock off iPhone charger might seem like a deal, but it’s not worth the risk.
Stay up to date on product recalls
Over 900 million products were recalled in 2016 – appliances, medication, electronics, toys, pet food, cars – and who could forget the exploding Samsung Galaxy S7 phones and hoverboards? You can easily solve this problem by signing up for a free product recall notification service, like Bonnie.