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 advice.
- 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 out properly.
- 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 burning.
- Don't light up if you need to lie down and never smoke in bed.
- 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 burn.
- 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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