Your Old Gadgets Are a Fire Hazard, Here’s What to Do

A phone with a swollen battery, sitting on a repair bench.

Who among us doesn’t have a gadget junk drawer or box on a closet shelf with some old phones? Those old gadgets aren’t just clutter, though: They’re a potential fire hazard. Here’s what you need to know.

Warning: Before we dig in, if you came across this article because you already have a device with a swollen or bulging battery, please immediately discontinue use of the device, don’t attempt to charge it, and read our guide to dealing with laptops, phones, and other devices with swollen batteries.

Why Old Gadgets Are a Fire Hazard

An old Android phone or