London Fire Brigade


The most common cause of fire death in the home is smoking. Our advice for smokers is to quit or risk dying in a fire.

Four times as many people smoke as they do vape but there are 255 times more smoking related fires, meaning vaping is a far safer option in terms of preventing fires.

Safety advice for smokers

If you or someone in your home smokes, there are a number of simple steps you can take to prevent a fire from happening in your home.

  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Always use a poper, heavy ashtray that won't easily tip over and is made of a material that won't burn.
  • Never leave lit cigarettes or cigars unattended.
  • Make sure you stub out cigarettes properly.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
  • Have at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home and in every room where a fire risk is present e.g. where you smoke or where electrical equipment is left on.

Book a Home Fire Safety Visit

Book a Home Fire Safety Visit and our crews will call round your home to offer advice on how to keep you safe and, where appropriate, fit a smoke alarm for free.

Quit smoking

The safest form of smoking is not smoking. If you would like to quit smoking call the Smoke Free helpline on 0800 022 4332 or visit NHS Smoke Free.