Whether you’ve been given a new laptop at work, purchased one for university study, or are an avid gamer and need your fix of PC gaming, one of the big questions is whether it is safe to leave your laptop on overnight and for prolonged periods during the day.
Is it safe to leave your laptop on?
Many people leave their laptop on, or on standby mode, most days and never encounter any problems. That being said, it is generally advised that it is not safe to leave your laptop on.
So beyond slips, trips and falls over laptop wires, what are the health and safety issues surrounding this type of laptop use?
Using your laptop safely
You may have heard horror stories about laptops overheating, even melting or causing house fires. These cases are rare, but can occur when the central processing unit (CPU) is overworked, or if there is a manufacturing fault that has been undetected or unaddressed.
It is also recommended that you remove the battery pack when your laptop is connected to the mains, as this prevents it from burning out, preserving the battery life it is able to provide.
Claiming for laptop mishaps
If it’s against manufacturer recommendations, you should assume that it isn’t safe to leave your laptop on for prolonged periods. But, it is important to remember that your laptop must be fit for purpose, meaning you should be able to work on it as needed.
If your laptop has caused an accident, illness or injury, other than the quick trip over your charging wire, you may be able to claim compensation.
Claiming compensation for laptop-related injuries
When your laptop doesn’t live up to expectations, and you endure illness or injury due to a manufacturing fault through no fault of your own, at Accident Advice Helpline, we could help you recover the personal injury compensation you are entitled to.
Our lines are open 24 hours, seven days a week, on which our trained advisors will be able to offer a free initial consultation and discuss the eligibility of your claim.
Whether you suffered a fall at work, a laptop-related accident, or even a holiday illness, we have years of experience of assisting victims with personal injury cases just like yours. Call today on 0800 689 0500 for more information, with no pressure to pursue your claim following the call.