Smoking Safety

One in three accidental home fire deaths are caused by smoking.

In fact, households with a smoker are almost one and a half times more likely to suffer a fire than non-smoking households.

Safety Tips

  • Put it out, right out – make sure your cigarette, cigar or pipe is out when you’ve finished smoking it.
  • Never leave lit cigarettes, cigars or pipes unattended – they can easily overbalance as they burn down, land on a carpet or newspaper and start a fire.
  • Take extra care when you’re tired, have been drinking alcohol or taking medication that can make you drowsy. It’s very easy to fall asleep without realising your cigarette is still burning.
  • Never smoke in bed – if you need to lie down, don’t light up. You could doze off and set your bed on fire.
  • Always use a proper, heavy ashtray that won’t tip over easily and is made of a material that won’t burn.
  • Never tip ash into a wastebasket.
  • Empty ashtrays frequently – wet the contents before emptying them into a metal bin outside the home.
  • Keep all matches and lighters out of the reach of children. Use only one lighter/box of matches at a time so you will notice straight away if it goes missing. Where possible buy child-resistant lighters and matchboxes.
  • Always purchase legal cigarettes as they are reduced ignition propensity which helps reduce the risk of fire in your home.

Quit smoking

Our overall aim is to help support members of our communities to stop smoking for a healthier lifestyle. If you would like to quit smoking, call the Smoke Free on 0800 022 4 332 or visit the Go Smoke Free website. You can also visit the We Quit website.

Useful links

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