Skip to Content

WARNING For All Laptop Users!

Printer-friendly version

Word rapidly spread about a couple who lost their 25 year old son in a fire at home on June 4th, 2011. The son who h ad graduated with MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison two weeks earlier had come home for a while. He had lunch with his dad at home and decided to go back to clean up his hostel room. His father told him to wait, to meet his mother, before he went back for a few days.

He decided to take a nap while waiting for his mom to come back home from work. Some time later their neighbors called 911 when they saw black smoke coming out of the house.

Unfortunately, the 25 years old died in the three year old house. It took several days of investigation to find out the cause of the fire. It was determined that the fire was caused by the laptop resting on the bed. When the laptop was on the bed cooling fan did not get the air to cool the computer and that is what caused the fire. He did not even wake up to get out of the bed because he died of breathing in carbon monoxide.

Many of us, our sons, daughters, grandkids and extended family and friends use a laptop while in bed.

Let us all decide and make it a practice not to do that. The risk is real. Make it a rule not to use the laptop on bed with blankets and pillows around. Please educate as many people as you can about this little known danger.