Keep Your Gadgets Safe at the Pool or Beach

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – If you’re planning to hit the pool or beach this weekend, or any time this summer, you’re probably also planning to bring along your smartphone.

That’s a risky move.

Carl Upton, Technical Services Manager at Madison computer repair shop Tech Stars, reminded us of the obvious when we stopped in for a chat, “Water and electronics don’t mix!”

Fortunately, there are ways to keep your cherished devices safe from sun, sand and water.

One of the worst risks you face this summer is sand. As Upton explains, the tiny particles can get inside your device and do serious damage. You’d likely have to pay for a major repair.

One easy way protection tip? Drop your device into a simple plastic bag and seal it up.

If you’re taking the kids to the pool or waterpark, watch where you store your smartphone or tablet. Opt for a waterproof bag instead of cloth, which can soak up splashes or water from cement nearby.

A hard case is also a great idea. It can help protect against sunscreen-covered hands.

Remember to watch out for thieves as well – an unattended bag is an easy target.

If your device does get wet and it has a removable battery, take it out as soon as possible and let your device dry.

If your device is submerged, put it in a bowl of dry rice as soon as you can and let it sit for at least 24 hours. The rice will help absorb any excess water inside.