The NYPD’s 33rd Precinct is warning people not to place their cell phones under their pillows while sleeping or while recharging them, after an incident in Brooklyn Heights in which a cell phone overheated, erupted into flames and ignited a local resident’s pillow while she was sleeping on it.
It is unknown if anyone was injured in the incident.
Samsung’s battery warning states: “Do not use incompatible cell phone batteries and chargers.
Some websites and second-hand dealers not associated with reputable manufacturers and carriers might be selling incompatible or even counterfeit batteries and chargers.
Consumers should purchase manufacturer or carrier-recommended products and accessories. If unsure about whether a replacement battery or charger is compatible, contact the manufacturer of the battery or charger.”
A warning can also be found inside the phone’s manual which states covering the device with bedding or other material could restrict airflow and cause a fire: “Covering the device with bedding, your body, thick clothing or any other materials that significantly affect air flow may affect the performance of the phone and poses a possible risk of fire or explosion, which could lead to serious bodily injuries or damage to property.”