We’ve heard about how mobile phones send off radiation waves, which are supposedly harmful to your health, but the experience of a teenager in the US has us wondering just how dangerous our cell phones can be. According to People.com, 13-year-old Ariel Tolfree had woken up to the smell of something burning but ignored it and went back to sleep. A little while later, she woke up again and discovered that her phone had completely melted under her pillow!

According to the phone manufacturer, the battery inside Ariel’s phone was a replacement and not an original, which might have caused the alarming incident. Still, considering how many of us sleep beside our phones, is this a cause for concern?

According to The Huffington Post, researchers are still conflicted about the issue themselves. In 2011, a group of scientists classified mobile phones as "possibly carcinogenic to humans" in a report to the World Health Organization. However, a study published in BMJ five months later states otherwise. A 200-page Norwegian study featured by CBSNews also reports that the electromagnetic fields generated by our phones are too low to be a real threat to the human body.

Our verdict: It's better to be safe than sorry. We're not saying don't use your phone anymore—that's hardly practical—we're just saying take extra precautions.

1. Avoid sleeping with your phone so close to your body.
Whether the so-called radation frequency energy or RF is truly harmful or not, it's just not worth the risk.

2. Don't put a pillow or a blanket over your phone to keep it from overheating.
According to the phone manufacturer associated with the melted mobile device, doing so may restrict airflow and, well, start a fire.

3. Avoid using the phone to call while it's still charging.
Circulating stories of mobile phones going haywire while being used and charged at the same time are enough to keep us from forcing our phones to multitask.

4. Consider using a headset when talking on the phone.
According to Oprah.com, this at least allows you some distance from your mobile device. However, it's not advisable to wear the headset on for too long either. If nobody's on the other end of the line, remove the accessory.

Have you had a scary cell phone experience? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

(Screencap from Pretty Little Liars courtesy of ABC Family)

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