Smoking is one of the top causes of accidental fires in the home, and the top cause of accidental fire deaths in the home in Greater Manchester.
Our new smoking and fire safety campaign aims to reduce smoking-related fires, injuries and deaths by tackling risks such as not putting cigarettes out properly and falling asleep with a cigarette still burning.
We need help from our partners to promote the key messages from the campaign, which are:
- The best way to prevent a smoking related fire at home is to stop smoking. For help and support to quit visit makesmokinghistory.co.uk
- To prevent a fire in your home, take your cigarette outside.
- Ensure your smoking materials are extinguished properly, in a sturdy ashtray (put it out, right out).
- Never smoke in bed or when you’re tired. It’s easy to fall asleep with a cigarette burning and set furniture, clothes or bedding alight.
- Don’t smoke if you’ve taken drugs or alcohol that make you tired or drowsy.
- Don’t leave a lit cigarette, cigar or pipe lying around. They can easily fall over and start a fire.
- Fit a working smoke alarm on every floor of your home and in rooms where you usually smoke.
- Test your smoke alarms regularly – they could save your life if a burning cigarette starts a fire.
- Complete an Online Home Fire Safety Check for smoking fire safety advice and to find out if you’re eligible for a Home Fire Safety Assessment.
Visit our smoking webpage which contains information on how to prevent a smoking-related fire
To help us promote the smoking and fire safety campaign, we have a range of resources for you to download and share.
Leaflet and posters
If you would like any free printed copies of the leaflets or posters to distribute to the people you work with, please email the Prevention Team.