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.