Winter is finally upon us and that means, snow, ice, and clod temperatures. OK, maybe not for everyone but here in the Northeastern United States it can get nasty. If you live in any country where temperatures can drop below freezing you’ll want to follow these 7 winter safety tips for laptops, tablets, & smartphones.
7 Winter Safety Tips for Laptops, Tablets, & Smartphones
1. NEVER leave your device in your car, especially overnight. In climates where temperatures can reach below freezing, a small LCD screen on a smartphone can freeze in a few hours. If you must leave your device in your car, wrap it in a blanket and turn it off.
2. Allow devices to warm to room temperature before operating. Before using a device that has been in the cold for an extended period of time, let it come to room temperature. Don’t set it on heat grates or near a heat source. Just place it on a table or counter top somewhere.
3. DO NOT try warming up a frozen device in the oven or with a hair dryer. Hair dryers can get very hot and they direct the heat in a single location which can melt plastic or force condensation inside your device. Don’t do this. Also, don’t use a heat gun. Ever.
4. Gloves will scratch a touchscreen. Even gloves designed for use with smartphones are bad for your device. Think about it: you get salt and dirt on your gloves and then you’re rubbing it all over your screen. Use finger-less gloves instead.
5. Leather or fabric cases can damage your device. Leather and fabric can absorb moisture. They also get stiff in cold temperatures. This can lead to scratching your screen. In the winter, go with a smooth, soft plastic case.
6. Know the safe minimum operating temperature of your device. Each device is different. Some devices aren’t designed to operate below zero. Others can work as low as -25°F. Make sure you know those limitations.
7. Use a case when transporting your device. You’re eventually going to come across a slippery sidewalk or driveway. Make sure your device is in a bag or case of some kind so that if you drop it there’s some protection.
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