Laptop can kill you, Canadian coroner warns.

Laptop computers often get hot, and we know it’s a widespread problem because computer stores and websites offer a wide selection of fans and cooling devices.

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In British Columbia there have been several fires linked to overheated laptops, but now the BC Coroners Service has blamed a death on the problem.

The coroner completed a six-month-long investigation into the cause of death of a 56-year-old Vancouver man killed in a fire in his home. In a report issued this week, the Canadian forensic specialists determined that a fire broke out about 50-minutes after the man left his laptop on a couch “turned on and plugged in.”

The coroner’s office said that several makes of laptops have been recalled in recent years due to problems with lithium-ion batteries overheating and bursting into flames.

Here is a link to the coroner’s warning and safety suggestions.


Laptop can kill you, Canadian coroner warns. — 2 Comments

  1. The fire killed this man, not the laptop. Leaving a laptop on a soft surface can block cooling vents and result in overheating just like the coroner’s recommendation says. It may not have been a faulty computer or battery at all. The headline should have been more like, “Blaze Started By Overheated Laptop Kills BC Man”.

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