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Think Fire Safety: Smoking

Published: 2/4/2021

More people die in fires in the home caused by cigarettes and smoking products than any other. In England in 2019/20, accidental fires in the home resulting from smokers’ materials and cigarette lighters made up 27% of all fatalities in the home. In addition, a further 2% were from accidental fires started by cigarette lighters and matches.

• The best way to reduce the risk is to make an attempt to quit, using NHS support if you need it. If you do not want to quit, consider vaping.
• Stub cigarettes out properly and dispose of them carefully. Put them out. Right out.
• Smoke outdoors and put cigarettes right out – this is safer than smoking indoors.
• Use a proper ashtray – never a wastepaper basket.
• Make sure your ashtray can’t tip over and is made of a material that won’t burn.
• Don’t leave a lit cigarette, cigar or pipe lying around. They can easily fall over and start a fire.
• Take extra care if you smoke when you’re tired, taking prescription drugs, or if you’ve been drinking. You might fall asleep and set your bed or sofa on fire.
• Never smoke in bed.
• Keep matches and lighters out of children’s reach.
• Consider buying child resistant lighters and match boxes.

The best way to prevent smoking related fires is to stop smoking. The NHS run local NHS Stop Smoking Services which may be able to help you quit.

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This page was last updated on 06/04/2021