Fires caused by smoking materials result in more deaths than any other type of fire. This is despite the overall number of people smoking cigarettes or tobacco falling. In 2018/19 smoking materials were the source of ignition in 34 per cent of fire-related fatalities in accidental house fires.
What NOT To Do
- Do not buy illegal cigarettes or tobacco as they are unlikely to comply with fire safety standards
- Do not smoke in bed
- Do not smoke when tired. Falling asleep with a lit cigarette could lead to it falling and causing furniture to catch light
- Do not smoke under the influence of medication, drugs or alcohol, which may affect your ability to react or escape if a fire occurs
What TO Do
- Always fully extinguish cigarettes or other smoking materials, especially when leaving the room
- Use a purpose made, heavy ashtray that cannot tip over easily and is made of a material that will not burn. Consider using a safety ashtray within your home
- Empty ashtrays regularly outside.
Fit smoke alarms on every level of your home and test them monthly. A working smoke alarm can buy you valuable time to get out, stay out and call 999
- Consider requesting a Fire and Wellness Visit to review fire precautions within your home and receive additional advice and guidance