This year’s July 4th celebrations are expected to be big. And so are the number of phone mishaps. Tech care company Asurion cites Independence Day as the most dangerous day for your phone. Last Fourth of July, Asurion saw a 37% jump in damage, lost and theft phone claims compared to any other day of the year and this year, the company expects an even greater surge as pent-up demand has more people hitting the beach, boat or barbecue with their phone in hand.
Asurion Experts are sharing their top tips to help keep your phone safe during the dangerous holiday:
- Avoid water damage by using a floating waterproof phone case.
- Don’t put your phone in direct sunlight as it may overheat. If your phone does overheat don’t put it in the freezer! Instead, fan or blow on your phone. It may sound silly, but fanning your phone or blowing on it can help. Just as fanning keeps a body cool, a breeze can help cool off your device when it’s getting a bit too toasty.
- If your phone gets waterlogged, turn it off and remove any protective case. That old “rice trick” isn’t very reliable. Instead, try using silica gel packets. Fill a plastic zip-top bag with silica gel beads and bury the phone in the bag, leave it in there for 24-48 hours.
- Depending on the degree of water damage, silica gel packs may only be a temporary fix, as exposure to water may eventually corrode the insides of your device. If possible, take the device to your local uBreakiFix® by Asurion store where an expert repair technician can assess the device for any lingering moisture.