London Fire Brigade

Smoking

In London, smoking-related fires are the second most common cause of fire in the home. Furthermore, the fires caused by smoking materials (including cigarettes, roll-ups, cigars and pipe tobacco) result in more deaths than any other type of fire.

The good news is that if you or someone in your home smokes, you can take the following simple steps to prevent this type of fire from happening to you.

Never smoke in bed or when you are sleepy...

as you could fall asleep, allowing your lit cigarette to fall from your hand and start a fire, the consequences of this can be devastating...

 

Take extra care...

when smoking if you have been drinking alcohol or taking medication, as these can affect your awareness of what is going on around you.

Use a proper ashtray...

that won’t burn or tip over easily, and don’t take risks by leaving your lit cigarettes (or such like) unattended.

Do not empty your ashtray into a bin...

as this can cause the bin to catch fire. A drop of water in the ashtray will help to make it safe, then leave it to cool down fully.

Quit smoking

If you would like to quit smoking, call the NHS Stop Smoking Helpline on 0800 1690169 or visit the Go Smoke Free website

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