The coroner's office recommended anyone using a laptop take the following precautions.
- Always operate on a hard surface that allows ventilation. Soft materials can block the airflow vents and cause it to overheat.
- If it is not possible to avoid using a soft surface, an optional heat-sink base should be used to maintain cooling.
- Always shut down your laptop, even for short periods of time, especially when placed in a carry bag.
- Inspect and clean the air vents on a weekly basis. Forced-air dusters can be used to keep the vents clean and free from debris.
- Replace any equipment or parts that do not work.
- Using a laptop desk or cooler to allow air circulation between the laptop and the desk
- Visit the Health Canada recall listings website to see if a laptop has been recalled.
- Review the manufacturers' website for additional safety tips and recommended maintenance.
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