I saw an article today in the daily monitor on how a bank in Entebbe caught fire that was caused by a computer. For those interested, read the article here.
- Perform regular servicing of all computers. Dust is very dangerous to computers, since they can cause fires by creating minute short-circuits on the mother board, thus generating heat.
- Make sure the computer has enough air to “breathe”. Yes, a computer needs proper air circulation in order to cool itself. Some new CPUs don’t need this per-se, but it’s still important. So avoid covering your computer with a cloth while working, and make sure nothing blocks the openings that exist on your computer.
- Switch off your computer when not in use for a long period like overnight unless you are sure it has proper cooling. If you have noticed server rooms, they are usually air-conditioned to be at a cold temperature in order to avoid overheating and causing fire. Servers of necessity mostly stay on 24/7 and is thus cooled. Unless you need your personal computer to continue performing a task in the night, switch it off.
- Watch what “Closing your computer lid” does. At the end of the day, some people are known to just close their laptops and pack it in a bag ready to go home. Make sure that in power options, the computer either “sleeps” or goes ino “hibernation”. Some computer settings are on “do nothing” on closing the lid. A computer that is on and in a bag is prone to catching fire.
The above hints are not absolute, there are still other reasons why a computer can catch a fire, for example if you use it as a candle stand. The good news is, most motherboards come equiped with a sensor that detects when the computer is overheating and switches it off instantly. This can lead to a host of other issues, but causes relative safety.
That’s all for now! Thanks for being part of the Bero Computers Family!