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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 2020/21 smoking materials were the source of ignition in 50 per cent* of fire-related fatalities in accidental house fires.

*Data taken from the BFRS Incident Recording System from April 2020 – March 2021

What NOT To Do

Smoking in bed
  • 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

Using an ash tray after smoking
  • 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 Home Fire Safety Visit to review fire precautions within your home and receive additional advice and guidance

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