Recently, Apple made a move in the name of safety by issuing a voluntary recall on the Beats Pill XL Speakers. The recall was prompted because there was a risk for the device to catch on fire. While this recall has caused concern in many, it is important to realize that there have been recalls such as this one in the past. While these recalls and fire incidents are rare and shouldn’t cause panic, it is important to be aware of the technology used within a commercial setting to avoid any incidents.
It is also important to know that these recalls are not limited to just technological devices. Within the past year two major car companies, Chrysler and Mercedes-Benz, recalled over one million vehicles combined due to a fire risk. The Consumer Product Safety Commission sees a number of recalls every year for varying items that could pose a potential fire risk.
So have there been any incidents of technology catching on fire?
- A 72 year old woman from Langhorne, Pennsylvania had her Dell laptop catch on fire while she was in the middle of using the device. It was believed that the battery of the laptop was to blame, but a cause was never fully determined. The woman eventually replaced her laptop.
- A Canadian teenage boy awoke to his bed and leg on fire because his iPhone had gone up in flames. The cause of the fire was determined to be the third party charger that the boy was using for his phone. Apple had previously put in place a program that allowed consumers to turn in their third party chargers for an authorized one because of the fire and shock risk.
- There have been numerous cases of cell phones catching fire while in someone’s pocket of their pants. There has yet to be a main cause of these cases, but some blame the overheating of the phone’s battery.
While these cases are extremely rare, it is still important to be using technology as it is intended. Always use charging devices that have been authorized by your tech company and never use a device improperly.
At Fireline, we offer an array of portable fire extinguishers and fire alarm systems to keep commercial buildings safe. Fireline offers the highest quality alarm systems to keep your business safe from fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. We also offer fire suppression systems as well to help keep commercial fires controlled should they break out. Our trained technicians will work with you to determine which air sampling smoke detection system is best for your business. We will also help install and maintain the system for your commercial building.