Bits from Bill

Technology thoughts leaking from the brain of "Bill Pytlovany"

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Dell Batteries and Fire Safety

Last month I wrote about the dangers of overheated lithium batteries in laptops after news broke of a dramatic fire at a conference in Japan.

Dell laptop explodes and catches fire

This week Dell has announced the recall of over 4.1 million laptop batteries and recommend users stick with AC power until their battery can be replaced.  If you have a Dell laptop and want to find out if your battery is recalled click below.

For phone support numbers click here.

The batteries were actually manufactured by Sony and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure these batteries can be found in other notebook computers.

Check your smoke detector

This should be a good time to review your fire safety procedures and push the button on your smoke detector to test its battery.  If you’re reading this, you probably have a number of electronic devices along with wires and power strips under your desk.

Fire Escape Plan

Do you even have a smoke detector, small extinguisher or escape plan?

Do you have a separate location for backups or a fire proof media safe?

This stuff is more important than watching funny videos at YouTube or reading other Blogs so I encourage you to make it happen today.

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