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LAPTOP ON BED = BAD IDEA

A well known family in Mequon lost their 25 years old son (Arun Gopal Ratnam) in a fire at home June 4th. This is what happened. He graduated with MBA from University of Wisconsin-Madison two weeks earlier and came home. Had a lunch with his dad at home and decided to go back and clean up his room at school. Father told him to wait and see his mother before he goes back for a few days. He decided to take a nap while waiting for his mom to come home from work. Neighbours called 911 when they saw black smoke coming out of the house. Their 25 years old son, Arun, died in the three years old house. It took several days of investigations to find out the cause of fire. It was determined that the fire was caused by laptop in the bed. When the laptop is on the bed, cooling fan does not get air to cool the computer and that is what caused the fire. He didn't even wake up to get out of the bed, he died of carbon monoxide.

The reason why I'm writing this to all of you is that I have seen all of us using our laptop in bed. Let us all decide and make it a practice not to do that. Risk is real. Let us make it a rule not to use laptop in bed or put computer on bed with blankets and pillows around.

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