London Fire Brigade


The most common cause of fire death in the home

Fires caused by smoking materials - including cigarettes, roll-ups, cigars and pipe tobacco - result in more deaths than any other type of fire.

Last year around three fires a day in London were linked to smoking and half of accidental fire deaths were related to careless disposal of cigarettes.

How to prevent smoking related fires

  • Never smoke in bed
  • Don't smoke in a soft chair or sofa if you think you may fall asleep
  • Take extra care when you're tired, taking prescription drugs, or if you've been drinking alcohol
  • Use a proper ashtray that can't tip over and is made of a material that won't burn
  • Make sure you have enough ashtrays to avoid any overflow
  • Don't leave a lit cigarette, cigar, or pipe lying around
  • Stub cigarettes out properly and always dispose of them carefully
  • Make sure smoking materials are cold before emptying ashtrays - preferably wet them before throwing them into a bin
  • Only smoke legally manufactured cigarettes
  • Keep matches and lighters out of children's reach and always buy child resistant lighters
  • Never smoke if you use medical oxygen, or an air flow pressure relief mattress
  • If you use paraffin-based emollient creams, ask for non-flammable alternatives
  • Consider additional specialist equipment such as fire retardant bedding or nightwear

Help to quit smoking

If you would like to quit smoking visit NHS Smoke Free.