Computers, Laptops & Tablets Accessories & Hardware Top 9 Laptop Computer Safety Tips What You Need to Know About Laptop Safety by Catherine Roseberry Writer Catherine Roseberry is a former writer for Lifewire who has experience in technology consulting focused on mobile productivity. our editorial process Catherine Roseberry Updated on September 22, 2020 Jamie Grill/Getty Images Accessories & Hardware The Quick Guide to Webcams Keyboards & Mice Monitors Cards HDD & SSD Printers & Scanners Raspberry Pi Tweet Share Email Safely using your laptop will help ensure that it works properly and you don't get hurt. Improper use or not being aware of safety issues can cause your laptop irreparable damage. These safety tips should be added to your weekly laptop maintenance routine and will help you stay productive and safe no matter where you are working. 01 of 09 Shut It Down Unlike a desktop computer, a laptop computer needs to be shut down when not in use. Shutting down when not in use prevents the laptop from overheating and allows it to rest. 02 of 09 Adjusting Power Settings Adjusting your power options will keep your laptop from heating up when not in use even if for short periods of time. You can set your hard drive and display to turn off after a set time period. Another option is to set the laptop to go into standby or hibernate mode. 03 of 09 Before You Pack It Up Make sure that before you put your laptop into its carrying bag that it is shut down. A notebook that has been left on can overheat. When enclosed in a notebook bag there is no air circulation and the results can be worse than overheating. Don't find out the hard way and be sure to turn off your laptop. 04 of 09 Vent Maintenance Part of your weekly routine should be to inspect and clean the air vents in your laptop. Forced air dusters can be used to keep the air vents clean and free from debris. It's important to know that you should never push anything into the air vents. 05 of 09 Checking the Fan Overheating problems can be caused by the laptop fan not working properly. Always check the laptop manufacturer's online support and your warranty information. It may be possible to download software to test your laptop fan. 06 of 09 BIOS Updates Some laptops control the fans through the BIOS. Check online with the laptop manufacturer for BIOS updates. If you aren't comfortable updating the BIOS yourself, have someone in your company's IT department or an outside computer technician do it for you. 07 of 09 Avoid Lap Burn Using a laptop desk or cooler will prevent you from being burned when using your laptop. A good laptop desk will have large enough vents for allowing air circulation between you and the laptop. Some laptop desks have additional fans which use power from the laptop itself to stay cool. 08 of 09 Soft Spots It's a wise idea not to use any soft material as a buffer between you and your laptop. Always operate your laptop on a hard surface, preferably one 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. 09 of 09 Unplug Accessories Whenever your laptop will not be in use, even for short periods of time remember to unplug any accessories. Not only do they use power but they could cause the laptop to overheat. It's especially important to unplug any accessories before packing your laptop in its carrying case. While you may believe it will make it quicker to use, it could damage your laptop, the accessory and/or your laptop bag.