(File pix) The Federation of Malaysian Consumers Associations (FOMCA) president Datuk Dr Marimuthu Nadason said apart from ensuring that the battery charger and the mobile phone were genuine (and not fakes). (pix by AZHAR RAMLI)

KUALA LUMPUR: Consumers have been urged to give serious attention to safety when using mobile phones following a number of reported incidents related to the device.

The Federation of Malaysian Consumers Associations (FOMCA) president Datuk Dr Marimuthu Nadason said apart from ensuring that the battery charger and the mobile phone were genuine (and not fakes).

Consumers should also avoid using their mobile phones at petrol stations. He said switching off the mobile phone while charging would also mean giving the device a break from being used continuously as a communication tool, to watch movies, play games, surf on social networking sites and so on.

Marimuthu was commenting on an incident on Friday involving a 19-year-old youth in Melaka, who was reportedly electrocuted in his sleep while listening to his mobile phone that was connected to a power bank. The victim was found dead by his mother in his bedroom.

Previously, on Aug 25 last year, a cameraman suffered burns on his left thigh when a power bank placed in his bag suddenly caught fire while he was working in the federal capital. In another case, a 27-year-old boat skipper suffered injuries to his hands and face after his mobile phone that was being charged suddenly exploded. The incident happened on April 23, 2016 in Yan, Kedah. – BERNAMA