Each year 1,770 people are either killed or injured by fires
caused by smoking at home. If you're a smoker or you have a smoker
living in your house, stay out of danger by following our crucial
When you stub out a cigarette, ask yourself whether it's really
out? Tobacco is designed to stay alight and as a result, cigarettes
can easily start an accidental fire so make sure you have put it
If you're feeling drowsy, are drinking alcohol or are taking
prescription drugs, take extra care when smoking. It's really
easy to fall asleep and not notice that a cigarette is still
Don't light up if you need to lie down and never smoke in
Don't leave a lit cigarette, cigar or pipe lying around. They
can easily overbalance as they burn down, land on a carpet or a
newspaper and start a fire.
Take responsibility and keep lighters and matches out of the
reach of children. Every year children die from starting
fires with cigarettes and lighters they shouldn't have.
Consider buying child resistant lighters and matchboxes.
Matchboxes now carry this warning label.
Use a proper ashtray. Make sure the ashtray is heavy, can't tip
over easily, and is made out of a material that won't
Only use an ashtray - never tap your ash into a waste
paper basket. Make sure it can't be easily knocked over and don't
let ash build up.
Remember that cigarettes are hotter than you think and can burn
in temperatures of over 700 degrees!
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