Fire in the home
Smokers’ materials (i.e. cigarettes, cigars or pipe tobacco) were the most frequent source of ignition causing accidental dwelling fire fatalities, accounting for over a third of all accidental dwelling fire fatalities in 2011-12. For every 1,000 accidental dwelling fires where smokers’ materials were the source of ignition, 31 people were killed in 2011-12.
Follow these simple precautions to prevent a fire in your home:
- Never leave lit cigarettes, cigars or pipes unattended. They can easily overbalance.
- Never smoke in bed, and take care when you’re tired. If you need to lie down, don’t light up.
- Put out cigarettes carefully and dispose of them thoughtfully when outdoors or driving. Don't flick them out of cars.
- Use child-resistant lighters and matchboxes, and keep them where children can't reach them.
- Tap your ash into a proper ashtray, never a wastebasket containing other rubbish - and don't let the ash or cigarette ends build up in the ashtray.
- Avoid drugs and alcohol when smoking. It’s easy to lose your concentration and this could be lethal when combined with smoking.
- Fit a smoke alarm and test it weekly or monthly. A working smoke alarm can buy you valuable time to get out, stay out and call 999.
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