Put it out, right out!
Smoking in the single biggest cause of accidental fires in the home and a third of all deaths in fires in the home are caused by cigarettes. This is often down to careless behaviour, such as smoking in bed or not taking care after drinking alcohol.
Always remember to put it out whenever you light up, install smoke alarms on every floor of your home and test them monthly. If you don’t have any working smoke alarms you are at least seven times more likely to die in an accidental fire in the home.
These simple steps can help prevent a cigarette fire in your home:
- Never smoke in bed. Take care when you’re tired – it’s very easy to fall asleep while your cigarette is still burning and set furniture alight
- Never smoke indoors when under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If your lit cigarette starts a fire you could be less able to escape
- Put it out, right out! Make sure your cigarette is fully extinguished
- Fit smoke alarms and test them monthly. Working smoke alarms can buy you valuable time to get out, stay out and call 999
- Never leave lit cigarettes, cigars or pipes unattended – they can easily overbalance as they burn down
- Use a proper, heavy ashtray that can’t tip over easily and is made of material that won’t burn
- Never leave lighters or matches in reach of children – they may play with them and set something alight accidentally
For more fire safety information, visit www.midlandheart.org.uk/firesafety.